Monkey Shenanigans in my Back Garden.

Before moving to Tanzania I stumbled upon a blog post written by a teacher who was working in Mwanza, about how her whiteboard pen had been thieved mid-lesson by a cheeky monkey. I remember thinking that this would be one of the best teaching anecdotes ever which I could only dream of experiencing first-hand and subconsciously, I added it to my never ending bucket list.

After moving to Mwanza, I realised that interaction with Vervet Monkeys was not only a common occurrence but was pretty much a mandatory part of every life, and in fact a group of them regularly visit my school, classroom and even my garden.

But then all my dreams of funky monkey encounters were surpassed – our shipping arrived from Sweden, containing a large trampoline. And this happened…

Now we regularly have a barrel of Vervet Monkeys who come into our garden to enjoy a 15 minute workout of jumping and tag team wrestling on our trampoline.

So if you have a couple of minutes and like a laugh, then watch this bit of footage I captured of them in action and share and enjoy!

Vervet monkey poised in a yellow oleander tree, ready to jump on the trampoline in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Vervet monkey poised in a yellow oleander tree, ready to jump on the trampoline in my garden.

 

Paintings of Vervet Monkeys from my Tanzanian sketchbook.
Paintings of Vervet Monkeys from my Tanzanian sketchbook.
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Vervet Monkeys on the roof of my house, Mwanza.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ann curran says:

    Huge fun and joy for all Ali, continue to enjoy all your African experiences. (Remember Oleander is poisonous)…I’m enjoying travels with my art….Thanks

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    1. alidunnell says:

      It really has been a highlight for all of us! Thanks for the advice about Oleander Ann… I’ll let the children know. Much love, Ali x

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    1. alidunnell says:

      Thanks Naomi… they are regular visitors to our garden. I shouldn’t really encourage them, but they really make me laugh so much.

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