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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Howler monkeys in Estacion Biologica

The population of howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve has increased significantly in the past ten years, thanks to increased levels of enforcement, environmental education and conservation activities in the reserve. In particular, the forest found on the north side of the reserve, where Estacion Biologica is located, has improved considerably during this period. Here we present a video taken in the yard of Estacion Biologica, produced by David McKnight, where you can see the monkeys eating fig leaves and unripe olives.

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The staff of FUNDECI/GAIA is monitoring the populations of monkeys in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve since 2008. There are two species found in the reserve: the mantled howler monkey, and the white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus), which is found in only limited sections of the reserve.

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A female mantled howler monkey cares for her baby high in a Cecropia tree in the yard of Estacion Biologica. Photo by Lu Davidson.
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Mantled howler monkeys are often seen relaxing during the day. Photo by Lu Davidson.
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