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Vervet Monkey

Cercopithecus pygerythrus


Lightly built with long arms and legs. The body is pale grizzled grey. The underparts and inner sides of the limbs are white, the hair around the anus and base of the tail is reddish brown. The face is black, outlined by a white band across the forehead and down the cheeks. Long canine teeth. Babies are dark with pink faces. Females have one pair of mammae on the chest.


Occur in a wide variety of woodland and tree savanna. On the ground they prefer areas with good visibility. Dependent on water.


I sat watching this mom and baby for quite some time. I find the first photo of this series encapsulates the behavior, I observed that day, beautifully. The mother always moving, nervously at times, and the baby just clinging on motionless, watching everything with those innocent eyes.

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Kei Heyns
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Kei Heyns

The Big Five False Bay Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 29, 2012
Submitted on Aug 4, 2012


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