If this happens then the chance to sterilise and control the randy monkeys will have been missed.
Once upon a time in St Kitts, there was another plague. Snakes ruled the land and threatened the sugar industry. The snakes liked to hang out in the cane fields.
The plague of serpent was so indemic that the government called in the exterminator.
Enter – the humble mongoose. This predator was introduced to St Kitts to tame the burgeoning snake population. Pretty soon, the snake population was under control and surprisingly even the mongoose population was managed.
What’s needed to control the Vervet monkey population is another predator. A big one. Probably a tiger. I can just imagine a tiger bounding along Frigate bay beach, a few paces short of a pack of vervet monkeys.
Are a group of monkeys called a pack or a gang? – Don’t mention gangs.
The problem is – tigers are too vicious and the vervet monkeys haven’t eaten anyone so far.
Still the Vervet monkeys are a pest and a smart solution must be found to deal with these cheeky animals. No more monkeying around because they are beginning to threaten peoples livelihood and will soon have more voting rights than the true Kittitians.
A more realistic option
The male of the species can be sterelised. This operation is performed on men who choose not to father any more children.
The monkeys will have to be captured – ignoring their mammalian rights – and operated on. This could be expensive.
Some Monkey Facts
Monkeys are divided into two geographically separate groups – the New World monkeys of South America and the Old World monkeys, originating in Africa and Asia.
The Old World monkeys include some terrestrial species such as the baboons, while New World monkeys are exclusively arboreal.
Some New World monkeys have a prehensile, or grasping tail which they use like a hand.
RING TAILED LEMUR, INDRI , SLOW LORIS, TARSIER, DWARF & MOUSE LEMUR, AYE-AYE.
New World Monkeys
LION TAMARIN, MARMOSETS, OWL MONKEY, RED HOWLER MONKEY, SADDLE BACK TAMARIN, SAKI MONKEY, SPIDER MONKEY, SQUIRREL MONKEY, TITI MONKEY, AND UKARIS.
Old World Monkeys
BLACK COLOBUS MONKEY, GELADA, HAMADRYAS BABOON, HANUMAN LANGUR, JAPANESE MACAQUE, PATAS MONKEY, RHESUS MACAQUE, RED COLOBUS MONKEY, AND SAVANNA BABOON.
AUSTRALOPITHECINES, BONOBO, CHIMPANZEE, GIBBON, GORILLA, ORANGUTAN
Monkeys or Apes
In the suborder of anthropoids, primates are grouped into monkeys, apes and hominids. The easiest way to distinguish monkeys from the other anthropoids is to look for a tail.
Most monkey species have tails, but apes and hominids do not.
Monkeys are much more like other mammals than apes and humans are.
For example, most monkeys cannot swing from branch to branch, as apes and humans can, because their shoulder bones have a different locking mechanism. Instead, monkeys hop along the tops of branches.
Their skeletal structure is similar to a cat, dog or other four-footed animal, and their movement is very similar.
On the evolutionary line leading to humans, monkeys split off long before apes did.
About Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)
The vervet monkey has a black face with a white fringe of hair, while the overall body colour is mostly grizzled-grey. The males of all species have a pale blue scrotum and a red penis.
The species exhibits sexual dimorphism, the males are larger in weight and body length. Adult males weigh between 3.9 and 8.0 kilograms (8.6 and 18 lb), averaging 5.5 kilograms (12 lb), and have a body length between 420 and 600 millimetres (17 and 24 in), averaging 490 millimetres (19 in) from the top of the head to the base of the tail.
Adult females weigh between 3.4 and 5.3 kilograms (7.5 and 12 lb) and average 4.1 kilograms (9.0 lb), and measure between 300 and 495 millimetres (12 and 19.5 in), averaging 426 millimetres (16.8 in).