Monday, September 8, 2014

Aruna's Real Africa: Vervet Monkeys

This is a  Vervet Monkey, one of the three types of monkeys found in South Africa, and apparently there are also about 20 that have been introduced to Florida! They are quite common here and are often one of the animals we see before we even get to Kruger.

In Kruger (and other parks) they like to hang out at the campsites and picnic spots because they know there is easy food to be had with people leaving food out in the open, not clearing up behind them or even feeding them. It is not uncommon to hear shouts from across the camping followed by seeing a Vervet running by with a packet of something or the other. Unfortunately this also leads to unnatural behavior and although they look cute and fluffy, they do have very sharp teeth and can be quite aggressive when they don't get what they want. The signs say " please do not feed the wildlife".  We say  "you feed them, we shoot them" as that's what it unfortunately often comes down to.

That's somebody's breakfast in his paw!

Natural food is the best ;-)

by Aruna Mohan

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