Pick A Primate
March 12, 2011
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
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
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
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.