Like the Impala (Aepyceros melampus) of a previous article, vervets are often overlooked because they are so ubiquitous. Yet they are fascinating animals and certainly worthy of a second look.
The origin of the name ‘vervet’ is unclear; perhaps a shortening of two French words ‘vert grivet’ meaning ‘a green grivet’ (Gove 1993). Grivet, origin unknown. Whilst the etymology of their name may be uncertain, their grizzly, silver-grey coat (which sometimes takes on a greenish tint – hence the ‘green’ in their French name), along with their characteristic black face, white eyebrows and long tail, make them easy to recognise in the field.
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