THEY DESERVE ALL THE SUPPORT THEY CAN GET AND OFFER HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN PRIMATES.
IF ANY OF YOU KNOW OF OTHER ANIMAL FRIENDLY PRODUCTS, PLEASE PASS ON THEIR DETAILS TO ME. WE HAVE A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WANTING TO FIND FOODS THAT DO NOT BRING ABOUT THE TERRIBLE SUFFERING AND DEATH OF SO CALLED "PROBLEM ANIMALS".
TO SUPPORT THIS ORGANIC FARM, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB THEY ARE DOING!
Hello good people
My wife and myself are certified organic farmers - http://www.jacklinorganic.
We produce various products that appeal to our local troupe of Vervet monkeys here in Badplaas.
We have partly managed our monkey challenge by planting maize in our pumpkin and butternut crops, which is effective as long as the maize yield is good enough. They always choose maize over squash and will leave the squash alone until the maize is finished. Unfortunately, we have no affordable way to keep them off our mango trees (around 30) so we did not produce organic dried mango this year, but the monkeys ate well and we simply accepted it with wry smiles.
As we are also in the business of removing wattle to make compost, we are slowly causing them habitat loss. Their indigenous habitat has long ago been destroyed by the earlier settlers in this valley. We fear they will now have to sleep away from our farm to where they are in danger of being shot or poisoned. This is an unintended consequence, as we feel great compassion for the plight of the wildlife around us.
We need to know if there is any relocation program for these monkeys, as we cannot really afford to accommodate them and allow the troupe to grow.
I am delighted to hear about your primate friendly organic produce. Where I live in The Crags WC, I honestly can say I don’t know of any farm around here that I can trust to buy our veggies and fruit from.
Relocating monkey troops is a very risky and expensive exercise. It takes a long time for monkeys to adapt to a new territory to ascertain which food sources are in season and when, and to understand their new wild neighbors, whether they be those they have a symbiotic relationship with or those they have reason to fear; predators. Hence few rehab centres have the resources to relocate.
In KZN, much research has gone into the concept of feeding stations. When a feeding station simply replaces the unnatural food sources the vervets are already getting, it does not ensure an increase in birth rate. I have attached information from Primates Africa which is a nation wide monkey organization, in the hope it will help.
All the best,