Howler monkeys


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Howler monkey imageHowler Monkey in Santa Maria de Jetiba, Brazil by Paulo B. Chaves

Howler Monkey Facts

New World Monkey
Alternative Name: Alouatta caraya
Where in the world? South and Central America
Habitat: Rainforest
Diet: Leaves, fruits, flowers, nuts and bird eggs
Size: 22 to 36 inches long
Weight: 15 to 25 pounds
Average lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Conservation status: Most species are listed as Least Concern, while a few are Vulnerable or Endangered

Howler monkeys have round snout-like noses and wide-set nostrils, which help them to smell food from up to two kilometers away.

However, the howler monkey is best known for the sounds it makes. In fact, the howler monkey is widely considered to be the loudest animal on land, whose howls can be heard up to three miles away! Males give particularly loud howls, which warn other males or groups of monkeys to stay out of their territory.

Sadly, only about 30% of howler monkey infants make it past their first year, being vulnerable to predators such as cats, snakes and eagles. Also, when the dominant male is overthrown, the new dominant male kills all the infants in the group so that mating can occur more quickly.

Taken from IP Factly’s 25 Awesome Apes & Monkeys

YouTube video playlist
Details of the videos featured are underneath.
Follow this link for more monkey videos.

The Playlist:

  1. Howler Monkeys by NationalGeographic
  2. Red howler monkeys – Expedition Guyana – BBC
  3. Howler monkeys announcing themselves by vikarius
  4. The Sound of Wild Howler Monkeys – Location: Montezuma, Costa Rica by CostaRicaColor


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