MONKEYING AROUND

The omnivorous Vervet Monkeys are curious creatures, ready to explore their environment to the full in order to source food. Like Baboons, they are at their best when seen in their natural environment.

See this Baboon yawning:

This Vervet Monkey is having a natural snack.

Unfortunately, as is the case with Baboons, the human-like features and behaviour of monkeys bring out their ‘cuteness’ factor which encourages visitors to game parks and popular picnic spots to feed them. That might be fun for humans and animals alike in the short term, but it is dangerous in the long term as the monkeys come to expect food from humans. Campers, caravaners – and even visitors staying in chalets – in wild areas have become all too familiar with monkeys raiding one’s temporary living space. This Vervet Monkey has just been chased from a caravan and is about to inspect the kitchen area in the Mountain Zebra National Park.

Their bright eyes pick up anything deemed edible – even the tiny seeds that have been scattered around a campsite to attract birds.

Once they have become used to humans, monkeys are difficult to shoo away for they lose their natural sense of caution around us. Being the opportunists they are, a group of monkeys happily walked over cars in a car park – keep your windows closed when they are around – to see what they could filch, leaving tell-tale footprints in their wake.

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12 thoughts on “MONKEYING AROUND

  1. They are really cute, Anne, but we also have a problem with holidaymakers feeding the monkeys and when the season is over, the local residents must put up with monkeys raiding their homes for food. We have difficulty keeping them out of our vegetable patches and we quickly learned to “monkey-proof” our windows and doors.

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    • Humans ARE really the problem. Many find the antics of monkeys difficult to resist. Game reserves generally have signs warning visitors of the long-term negative consequences (for the animals) of feeding monkeys.

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  2. Even more concerning when they transition from “nuisance” to “danger”, no longer trying to cleverly pilfer a snack but instead actively and aggressively attacking (especially children and women) to get what they want – a behaviour we are experiencing more and more in several of our wild places

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  3. We had two of them here in the garden a couple of months back. Looked like they had lost their way. Luci barked at them and they went away. We have monkey menace at some tourist spots and temples too. If one is not careful they snatch things, especially eatables, off your hands. As a child, my son had a scare when a monkey came close and snatched the laddu he was eating, off his hand. We were on a visit to a temple on a mountain top when this happened.

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    • It is the snatching of food from one’s hands or plates that is a particular problem in touristy areas – largely because they become accustomed to being fed and act aggressively then when they are not.

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  4. Not only did you capture evidence of the monkeys presence in the last photo, I also clearly see a 2 legged human who turned into a salt pillar because he didn’t want to stop feeding the monkeys…

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