Wild Animals

Howler Monkey

posted: 04/29/14
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Howler Monkey

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Howler Monkey!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: In trees in Latin America in places like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil

What I Like to Eat: Leaves, nuts, fruits and flowers

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Part of the reason we are so vocal is because of our main food source: leaves. Older leaves aren't as nutritious as the younger ones, so when we stumble upon the coveted younger leaves, we use our vocal cords to ensure no other howler troop is around.

Who We Are: Yes, we are a loud bunch of primates. In fact, we are one of the loudest animals in the wild kingdom. We are also one of the largest species of the monkey family found in South America. Expending energy is for the birds, not for us. That's why we spend about 80 percent of our time lounging around.

Loud Kingdom: And yes, yes, yes, we are named for the raucous howl that we vocalize at the break of dawn and at the end of each day. We announce our location to let monkeys in other "troops" know where we are to prevent skirmishes over food and territories. Our calls can be heard as far away as three miles. We also roar when two of us get together, or if we feel we are in danger. When there aren't many howler monkeys in a particular area, you might only hear our calls a few times a week instead of daily.

Appearance: Just like some humans, we sport beards and long thick hair. Our hair colors come in black, brown or red. The red howler monkeys are the most common of all three. We typically grow to be about 39 inches tall.

My Biggest Predators: Humans. Poachers hunt us for bush meat. The red howler monkeys are the most vulnerable.

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