Daily Archives: February 20, 2009

Vervet Monkeys Party Like The Humans

Some might think imbibing the brew is only for humans.  Think again.

What’s a couple of free drinks anyway?


Drunk Monkeys – TURN UP THE VOLUME

Wikipedia.  Vervet Monkeys.

The Vervet Monkey is mainly frugivorous, but it also supplements its diet with a variety of other foods, including leaves, seeds, insects and small rodents.

It commonly lives in groups or “troops” of 20 or more, however the size of the group is often smaller than 20. Its gestation period is 7 months with a single offspring produced and is known to have a life span of up to 20 years.

One interesting phenomenon about the Vervet Monkey is that it seems to possess what has been called the “rudiments of language”.  Vervet Monkey alarm calls vary greatly depending on the different types of threats to the community. There are distinct calls to warn of invading leopards, snakes, and eagles. In doing so they attract attention to themselves, increasing their personal chance of being attacked, this has been noted as altruistic behaviour.