My name is Aoife Healy and love of vervets comes from a sanctuary background. I got to know these charismatic and clever monkeys when I spent some time as a voluntary carer and rehabilitator at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The VMF has cared for injured, orphaned and ex-
Seven month old male vervet (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus) orphan at the Vervet Monkey Foundation, South Africa
My interest in conservation developed from here. I spent time as a volunteer at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon before going to the UK to study a Primate Conservation MSc at Oxford Brookes University. Here I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to study primate conservation. I wrote my dissertation on the need to re-
Following a brief period of field work, observing Chlorocebus pygerythrus in the Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, I began my PhD research, under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Nijman and Prof. Anna Nekaris. The core of my research is the comprehensive meta-
The ultimate aim of my research is the development and upkeep of updated distribution maps for each species of vervet, highlighting areas of potentially significant anthropogenic risk, regions in need of population monitoring and those areas where range limits are in need of clarification.
I am a trustee of an environmental education charity called MASC (Monkeys Acting in Schools for Conservation). MASC teaches about conservation, with a particular focus on environmental responsibility, using the medium of theatre.
I recently contributed 13 primate species accounts to the Lynx publication Handbook of Mammals of the World -
I am currently contributing to the Cambridge University Press publication Primates in Flooded Habitats.