Samango Monkey Project - Midlands, KZN

The spatial and behavioural ecology of Samango Monkey –ToPS species - populations in the Midlands

(Dargle Valley, uMngeni and Karkloof), KZN.

It has been identified that further research into the genetics, distribution and behavioural ecology of Samango Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis - sub-species; Cercopithecus albogulariserythrarchus, C. a. labiatus, and Cercopithecus albogularis schwarzi) is needed.

The samango monkey is South Africa’s only exclusively forest dwelling primate. South African forests are characterised by a highly fragmented distribution and are the countries smallest - comprising about 0.1 % of the area (1 062 km2) - most fragmented and most vulnerable biome. Thus, the samango, being a forest restricted species, and a seed dispersing species, is listed as vulnerable in the Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004).

We will conduct our research into the samango populations in Dargle Valley, and Karkloof Valley, KZN (Kwazulu Natal) - an area which has been rated amongst the highest in KZN in terms of irreplaceable biodiversity.

Further research will enable us to help the conservation and management of this species and help us to understand better the status of those habitats in which they survive.


Determine the population size, location, genetics, and diet of samango monkeys in the Midlands, KZN.

Determine the manner in which human intervention has impacted on these areas.

Observe Samango monkey behaviour, troop structure and their behavioural relationship to other primate species.

Feed into other Samango Research projects in South Africa in order to get a broader perspective.

Educate the public on how to co-exist harmoniously with wild primates/all wildlife as well as the importance of a healthy biodiversity; our relationship to all wildlife and the environment on which we all depend.

Working With Us

We welcome all residents in the study areas - Karkloof, Dargle and surrounding areas - who are willing to contribute and participate in this study.

You can help by collecting important data on samango populations.
Records of sightings with date and time, photographs, recordings of vocalisations and GPS co-ordinates (if possible) will offer important information for the study.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Using Trail Cameras to Capture Data



Although the samango monkey is mostly restricted to forest habitat, they are sometimes seen foraging on the ground hence using trail cameras to obtain data can be useful for understanding where they are present, behavior, troop size, other species coexisting with them in a specific area and diet.   

Above: A number of species have been captured at the same spot  

Samangos foraging on the ground at the edge of the forest

 Three adult bushbuck does, a baby and one adult bushbuck ram are regularly captured by the trail camera at the same spot. 

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