Don’t Monkey Around! South Africa

Monkey around

Three mystic monkeys of Japan.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, but often followed with do no evil, making it four, not three.

The monkeys that live in South Africa, specially the Vervet monkey have definitely never read about this.  They are playful, naughty and can get destructive too.  The dogs in the neighbourhood let you know they are coming through the trees, long before you see them.


This is a typical sight in Natal, as they pass by in a small troop stealing and feeding on the fruit in the garden and anything else thay can get their little paws on. 

Compliments of someone else, see below!


The babies are so sweet and cling to the mother waiting for scraps while she feeds.

Monkey 2

In holiday camps and in game parks the troops can invade cottages if windows are left open.  They are very inquisative and often steal odd things that are not edible.

Vervet monkey 

The samango monkey is different, and never ventures far from a forest.  Their numbers have declined by 50% in the last hundred years because of forest reduction.  They are only visible in South Africa in coastal forests of Kwazulu- Natal.  In other African forests they are being closely monitored now.

samango monkey

So what about the Monkey Puzzle tree; what has that got to do with monkeys?  These trees can live for up to 800 years!

Monkey puzzle tree

Some say the origin of this name for the Chilian national tree is unknown.  Others say it was named by an Englishman in 1800’s who said: “It would be a puzzle for a monkey to climb that tree!”

What do you think?

This is my “M” entry for Alphabe Thursday at Jenny’s


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Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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4 Responses to Don’t Monkey Around! South Africa

  1. TBM says:

    That’s an intense tree. I love seeing these creatures, but they are sneaky.

  2. lissa says:

    I like the animation – it’s so darn cute. great M post.

    hope you have a great day.

  3. Thanks for sharing about these monkeys! I have always loved to watch monkeys play in the zoo and can’t imagine the mischief they would get into! (like the video clip! haha) And that is a neat Monkey tree! The story of how it came to be named, makes sense.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I’m catching up on M posts :o)

  4. Oh the little baby monkeys are super cute…

    I have heard that they can be mischievous maniacs…

    Magnificent post for the letter “M”!

    Monkey see, monkey do… Or something like that… (((winkwink)))

    Thanks for linking.


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