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Vervet monkey

Vervet monkey
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Copyright: Sebastien Burel (sburel) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 2 N: 39] (335)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 4, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-11 11:25
Viewed: 4809
Points: 16
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Swahili Name: Tumbili
Scientific Name: Cercopithecus aethiops
Size: 18 to 26 inches
Weight: 7 to 17 pounds
Lifespan: 24 years in captivity
Habitat: Woodland, savanna and high bush
Diet: Omnivorous
Gestation: 5 1/2 months
Predators: Leopard, eagle

This small, black-faced monkey is common in East Africa as it adapts easily to many environments and is widely distributed.

Infant vervet monkeys are suckled for about 4 months. When they become adept at feeding themselves solid food, the weaning process begins, although it may not be completed until the vervet is 1 year old.

Close social bonds with female relatives begin to develop in infancy, relationships thought to endure throughout life. Infants are of great interest to the other monkeys in the troop; subadult females do everything possible to be allowed to groom or hold a new infant.

After a birth, the mother licks the infant clean, bites off the umbilical cord and eats the afterbirth. The newborn has black hair and a pink face; it will be 3 or 4 months before it acquires adult coloration.

The infant spends the first week of life clinging to its mother's stomach. After about the third week, it begins to move about by itself and attempts to play with other young monkeys. Vervet mothers are proprietary in the treatment of their babies, and some will not allow young or even other adult females to hold or carry them. Others gladly leave their infants in charge of any interested female. Researchers report that usually a female's close family members will have the most unrestricted access to the babies. As the infants grow, they play not only with monkeys but with other young animals. Young vervets chase one another, wrestle, tumble and play "king-of-the-castle," taking turns pushing each other off a high perch.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-11 12:05]

Hai Sebastien , nice picture , lovely , and nice colours ,good compositie and pov ,thanks and good weekend gr Teunie.

Hi burel,

A great moment captured , a bit more close up r a bit parallel to the subject would have made this pic more attractive. Love ur composition. TFS and happy weekend


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-11 14:56]

A great scene of a tender moment you have captured, Sebastien. Sharp details and beautiful soft colors. I like it very much. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Dooley (59)
  • [2006-02-11 15:19]

Wow, great photo w/ emotion and warmth. I love the background bokeh w/ smoothly matching color of the subjects. Great moment was captured here and I wonder what focal length you used (about 350-400mm?). Left lower foreground looks just a little too prominent and wish it was a little less bright and sharp. Well done and lovely shot.

Hello Sebastien
This is a great picture.
So natural and great colors. Good POV and composition.
It is a bit soft and it is OK.

Que bonito o macaquinho mamando. :-)
Beleza de foto.

Touching moment you have captured here Sebastien. Nicely composed with good POV. Just a bit soft on focus.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-12 4:46]

Bonjour Sebastien!

Cette prise est pleine d'émotion et de charme.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.


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