The howling monkey

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An inquisitive Howler Monkey perched on a branch at Mashpi Lodge, amidst the vibrant treetops of Ecuador's cloud forest.

When you think of howling monkeys, you might envision the playful animals that swing from branch to branch; the curious and cheerful creatures that stealthily steal food from humans naively walking through trails.

The Mantled howling monkey (Alouatta palliata) does not really fit this typical monkey description.

They do have arboreal and diurnal habits, but they are pretty sedentary and move about very little. Their diet consists mainly of fresh leaves, but they also eat fruit. They are for the most part social animals and can live in groups of up to 20 individuals; although usually, they are seen in small groups and within each group, there is a dominant male. However, what makes these monkeys different is exactly as its name implies: its howl. The males have a highly developed hyoid bone, which allows their throat to be a soundboard that amplifies sounds. Their howl can be heard more than 8 km away!


howling monkey
Contemplative Howler Monkey
Tourists observing a yellow land iguana in its natural habitat at Finch Bay, Galapagos, included in Mashpi package tours.
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