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Top 5 reasons to visit: The Manor at Samara

In this short blog series we present the various accommodation options at Samara to help you choose the best one for you. First up – the Manor. Renovated in 2008, the Manor sits on the site of an old 19th century farmhouse with title deeds going back to Lord Charles Somerset. Care was taken during…

Razor enjoying a groom before his big move to Picnic Troop.

Alpha-move

This week we have had a big move between our troops. Keith, the reigning alpha male of Picnic Troop, has decided to try his luck on the River-side Troop. This is a big move for him as he goes from 2 competing males on Picnic to 12 competitors on the River-side troop. He has been…

Ubuntu’s infant fully healed and ready to play again

Bounce Back Babies

Recently, we have had several infants injured across the three study troops. In some cases we don’t know how the injury occurred while with others we saw fights happening, typically involving dominant females. They have suffered some quite big injuries and when they limp around it can be hard to watch. But they are very tough…

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Big visitor to the monkeys

This week our data collection was slightly hampered by a quite magnificent obstacle. One of the older bull buffalo’s had come down to the river bed to feed on the lush, fresh grass on the river banks. He stood in the dry river bed and spend a long time leisurely feeding.  Us researchers gave the…

Kinsey with her late summer baby

Birth Season Surprise

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that our birth season was over. Almost two months had past without any new births and no females looking pregnant and we thought that we were done for the year. However, to our surprise, we recently arrived in the field one morning to find a new infant. This…

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Photo Essay: Saturday Game Drive

There’s nothing more wonderful than spending a whole day out in the bush, where the usual parameters of space and time become almost artificial. Last Saturday, we experienced one such day.                                                 …

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Baby, it’s warm outside

Summer is in full flight this now, which means we are experiencing very hot days which full days of sunshine and very few clouds. This means the monkeys spend a large amount of time in the heat of the day cleverly sheltered in dense thick shrubs where it’s cooler. The river is also drying up…

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On Love and Conservation

19 years ago, my parents fell in love. This time though, it wasn’t with each other. The object of their affections was a piece of South African wilderness so beautiful it took their breath away. The land in question lay nestled beneath the ‘Snow Mountains’ of the Great Karoo, encompassing a diversity of habitats, from…

Raje: One male who left and has not been seen again

Males go walkabout

We have noticed recently that our vervet monkey males have started to go walk about. Quite often now one or two males are missing from our groups for anything from a couple of hours to a week or so. It is most likely these males are off exploring new opportunities. Checking out the neighboring groups…

A new mother with her ever growing baby

Birth season comes to an end

The last couple of months have been quite hectic for the vervet monkey research team. Birth season is an intense time of the year, not just for our female monkeys. In total we had 21 new babies born and 17 of them have made it through the first critical weeks. At this time of the…