Monthly Archives: April 2009

Off to the forest / Nos vamos al bosque

Thanks for visiting! David and Gráinne have gone into the forest but they will be back at the beginning of May – check back with us then for more tales of mangabey (and researcher) madness! ***** Gracias por visitarnos! David y Gráinne se han marchado al bosque, pero volverán prontito, a primeros de mayo. Pásate […]

My favourite monkey / Mi mono favorito

It is a fact: researchers working with animals become ‘emotionally attached’ to their study subjects. No matter how hard one tries; eventually, we all end up having a ‘favorite’. In my case, my favorite Sanje mangabey is Kidole. We called him Kidole, which in Kiswahili means ‘finger’, because the right index finger of his hand […]

Mizimu Camp / Campamento Mizimu

Mizimu camp is our home in the forest. For 15-20 days each month we camp there while we are following the group. Constructing a working research camp 1.5 hours hike up from the nearest town was quite a hilarious process. I should preface by stating that it takes me 2.5 hours to get there, but […]

Movie Night / Una Noche de Película

Last Friday night there was a big event in town: “Movie Night”. It was part of a series of environmental educational activities organized by the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Center (UEMC), where we are based. Baraka de Graaf, coordinator of such activities for the UEMC, invited us to participate. As we arrived to the nearby village […]

Meet Masai / Te presento a Masai

Mizimu group has approximately 63 monkeys. We say approximately because you can imagine how difficult it can be to keep track of over 30 juvenile mangabeys as they climb and chase and tumble about through the forest! But our most accurate counts to date suggest we have 7 adult males, 22 adult females, and 34 […]

What is a Sanje mangabey? / ¿Que es el mangabey de Sanje?

Primates are popular – everybody knows what a chimpanzee is. You may even know what a baboon or mandrill looks like – but have you ever heard of a mangabey? Have you ever SEEN one? Well, mangabeys are primates, more specifically, monkeys (which means – as opposed to apes, like chimpanzees and gorillas, they have tails). Mangabeys […]

Who are we? / ¿Quienes somos?

We thought we should first introduce ourselves, as well as the Director of the Sanje Mangabey Field Research and Monitoring Project for the Mizimu group here in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. First the boss, of course! Dr. Carolyn Ehardt received her Ph.D. (1980) in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. From 1980 through […]


Hi Everybody! Thank you for visiting our blog. Our hope is that you will continue to visit throughout the coming months to hear about our work with the Sanje Mangabeys, an endangered primate living in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. We will introduce you to the individuals in our group, including its leader, Masai, the […]