Advice on discouraging Vervet monkeys

2017-05-10 06:01
 Photo: guy hamlinOrphaned Vervet monkeys in Crow’s care.

Photo: guy hamlinOrphaned Vervet monkeys in Crow’s care.

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KWAZULU-NATAL has recently been experiencing an epidemical poisoning of monkeys.

A total of 14 monkeys were poisoned in Hibberdene a few weeks ago, four monkeys in Hilton and now the previous week, eight monkeys in Queensburgh that the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow) is aware of. Unfortunately, all monkeys died from being poisoned.

Monkeys are highly intelligent animals, but they are creatures of habit. They often establish certain gardens as a preferable target for food and have made it a regular stop off on their route.

Therefore, it is necessary to make your garden an undesirable location for the monkeys in order to deter them from your property.

Once you have established a routine that works in deterring the troop, it is advisable to be consistent with your methods until they eventually deem your property as undesirable.

Some ways listed below that can help you achieve this:

· Deny them access to food. You would need to protect your vegetable garden, this can be done by securing it with a fence and cover roof, or by spraying them with water whenever they come into your property near your vegetable garden.

· Hang reflective items like old CDs from tree branches or at points where they access your garden (they do not like the reflection and it can be a deterrent).

· Rubber snakes. These only work if you use a variety of different looking rubber snakes and move them to different locations in the garden each day. If they see the same snake in the same spot they will investigate and realise it is not a real threat.

· Spraying them with water, use the same pressure you would use on a small child – a fire hose may be too powerful and could injure an animal, water guns work well.

· Keep your windows on the smallest gap to ensure they cannot climb through the windows.

Those are some ways to discourage monkeys from entering your property. What we need to remember is that they are intelligent and highly adaptable so will figure things out quickly if you do not adapt and use multiple strategies at the same time.

The key is also to be consistent in your deterring efforts so that they will deem your garden undesirable and stop making their daily appearances.

Vervet monkeys really are a remarkable species which has shown an incredible display of adaptability to the harsh environment that has surrounded them.

Every year Crow rescues, rehabilitates and releases over 3 000 orphaned, injured and displaced wild animals.

Please feel free to give Crow a call on 031 462 1127 if you require more information or would like to discuss this topic further.

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