Vervet monkey female and juvenile

Mother vervet monkey dozes, her pale eyelids contrasting with her black face, while her baby, also dozing, snuggles up close, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Vervet monkeys are very common in Africa and are found in much of the continent, from Senegal to South Africa. They live wherever there are trees nearby as that’s where they sleep and hide from predators, so you won’t find them in deserts or at very high altitudes.

They can also be a nuisance in urban areas, where they raid gardens and will climb through windows in search of food, causing a huge mess. Of course, the monkeys were there first, so it can be argued that it’s the people who are intruding on their space.

Vervet monkeys live in troops of up to 20 or more, with each troop made up of families who sleep together at night in tall trees. There is a complex pecking order in each troop, with separate dominance hierarchies among the males and females.

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