Pick a Primate - A drienne Burkhart Pick A Primate March...

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Adrienne Burkhart Pick A Primate March 12, 2011 Vervet Monkey Part I The Vervet monkey is an interesting, unique primate. Their classification, living situation, unique social structure, and outlook are only a small step into learning about the species. They are involved in many studies to help us find things out about ourselves every day, while their species slowly dwindles. Vervet's genus species name is Chlorocebus Pygerythrus. They are classified in the Animalia kingdom, the Chordata phylum, the Mammalia class, the Primates order, the Cercopithecidae family, and the Chlorocebus genus. The earliest Vervet is thought to be found on the Mediterranean island of Santorini around 2000 B.C. Today this animal is found throughout southern and east Africa, including Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia. They inhabit woodlands, coastal forests, mountains that are up to 13,000 feet, and savannas. They can adapt to areas of cultivation, fragmented vegetation, rural environments, or the city, while they avoid rainforest and desert areas. They seldom leave trees, where they sleep and eat. Eating, caring for young, avoiding predators and grooming surround the life of a Vervet. Their diet is mostly vegetarian, constituted majorly with leaves and shoots. They also consume flowers, roots, bulbs, fruit, insects, eggs, baby birds, and grubs. Water is rarely drunk. Vervet children are very attached to their mother the first year.
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They are the pride and joy of the mother. Other females love to hold the new children and give attention. After the first year, the children grow into themselves and can be weaned away from the mother. Trees are a safe haven for the children and adults from nearby predators. The monkeys rarely go 500 yards away due to the leopards, caracals, servals, baboons, eagles, and crocodiles that may threaten them. With all the time spent in the trees, Vervets have plenty of time for grooming. Several hours a day are set aside for
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Colorado Technical University.

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