Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild


The IUCN1 Red List of Threatened Species classes vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) as ‘Least Concern’. Despite this, vervet populations which have been studied over long periods show a trend of declining numbers.  In many countries they are extensively killed for bushmeat and their infants captured for the illegal pet trade. In some cases they are treated as vermin and poisoned, shot and trapped.  As human populations and agriculture expand, hunting pressure on vervets is increasing in some parts of their range and could reach unsustainable levels if it is not curtailed.

¹International Union for Conservation of Nature


Appendix II: which includes species that, although not necessarily threatened with extinction, may become so unless trade is strictly regulated. Commercial international trade in Appendix II species is permitted, but is subject to strict controls

2Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  CITES is a UN convention which regulates trade in threatened animals and plants.
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