Top Photo by Camilla Coakley (or Chris Long)I had never been a huge fan of monkeys before my recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania, but observing wild monkeys up close, in their own environment, their behavior and high level of intelligence are mesmerizing. We saw many different species, all living in large groups of varying ages. The babies play just as little children do. And when one wants to be held it reaches its arms out to its mother, who scoops the baby up and holds it close. We actually had a tiny little baboon (which I'll show you in a later post) shimmy up the side of our Land Rover.
It was a little alarming when these black faced verets in Tarangire, Tanzania practically jumped into our laps attempting to partake in our lunch. The funny thing about verets is that the males have brightly colored turquoise balls, not unlike large robins' eggs. I'm sorry, I had to say it. We were hysterically laughing as we tried to photgraph them, which was no easy task, but you'll notice in the following picture I had some success.