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
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 kindgom, 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.
The life of a Vervet is surrounded by eating, caring for young, avoiding predators and
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 drank.
Vervet children are very attached to their mother the first year.
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
weened away from the mother.
Trees are a safe haven for the children and adults from
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 picking out parasites and dirt from each other.
The higher the