Vervet Monkey




About Us

We teach people how to live in harmony with monkeys by:

  • Running a HOTLINE  for people to phone when they need information about monkeys like:
    • how to deal with them if they are coming into their house
    • How not to be afraid of them
    • What to teach your children about being around monkeys
    • How do deal with your pets when monkeys are around
    • What to do if monkeys are eating your crops/destroying your garden
    • How to feed/not feed them
    • What to do if there is an injured monkey
    • Understand how the monkey thinks
    • Whether it is feasible to remove monkeys or not
    • What to do if neighbours are cruel to monkeys
  • Arranging PRESENTATIONS at schools, clubs, social gatherings
  • Arranging PERSONAL VISITS to people who have serious problems with monkeys
  • Arranging OUTREACH PROGRAMS for people who have not been exposed to primate conservation
  • Using the various MEDIA FORMATS on a regular basis to educate
  • Inviting people to become a MONKEY MONITORS for Primates Africa. Notes are made by volunteers about the monkeys that visit their home and this information is sent to Primates Africa on a monthly basis to be collated so that we can establish the distribution and population sizes of troops in South Africa . Phone the hotline for more information
  • Producing quarterly Newsletters

Other important activities:

  1. Facilitate RESCUES OF INJURED MONKEYS. Simply phone the Hotline for help.
  3. FUND-RAISE for :
    • The cost of treatment of injured animals
    • Other organisations and individual that care for injured monkeys 
    • The cost of our education programs
  1. Partake in as many ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS as possible
  3. CAMPAIGN on conservation and animals welfare issues 


The IUCN is the authoritive organisation concerning the threatened status of all wildlife and would adjust species status only once they have conducted a population census and then record the findings in the RED DATA book.
Both baboons and vervet monkeys are listed vulnarable under the CITES, Schedule 2 listing since 1974 when SA became a signatore and later the white Rhino was also listed under Schedule 2. However, the IUCN disagreed with the baboon and vervet's stutus and listed them as "Least Cocerned" in their RED DATA BOOK.
The last population census was done during mid 1960's and since then never adjusted.

Now, you would find this quite bizarre that a previous release of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Hilton-Taylor, 2000) reveals that the greatest change among mammals is the number of threatened primates. The total number of primate taxa currently recognised is 621, according to Conservation International. Of these, 52 are considered critically endangered; 92 are endangered; and 80 are vulnerable.
Because many primates worldwide are facing extinction, conservation measures beyond or in conjunction with protection from hunting pressure, habitat preservation, and other approaches are underway. One such measure is the restoration of primates to their natural habitats.
IUCN REPORT primates in peril 26/10/2007 reveals in a report compiled by 60 experts from 21 countries that overall 114 of the world's 394 primate species are classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN red List. (PLEASE NOTE THE DECLINE SINCE THE 2000 REPORT). The report further reveals that 29% of the entire world's primate species are endangered.
According to this report we have lost 227 PRIMATE SPECIES in a matter of JUST 7 years.

Notwithstanding the above, "ONLY ONE YEAR LATER" the latest IUCN report during August 2008 reveals that the latest factual information indicates that 50% of the entire world's primate species are endangered to extinction.
Yet, according to this shameful politics, Chacma baboons and Vervet monkeys are not threatened or endangered in SA. Bob Venter Jan 2012