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Belize Photo of the Day: Yucatan Black Howler Monkey

24 August 2011 3 Comments

Yucatan Black Howler Monkey in Belize

Today’s picture of the day is the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey and its scientific name is Alouatta pigra. This specie loves evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, remnant forest along rivers, and tall second growth. It is common throughout Belize, parts of Mexico and Guatemala, unlike its relative the Mantled Howler Monkey – Alouata palliate – a little smaller specie which occurs mainly in Costa Rica.

Even though it’s a common specie, at the present moment it’s mostly found in protected areas since their population is declining due to deforestation, hunting, and disease( periodic epidemics of yellow fever reducing the population).

The one photographed above is part of a tribe that currently lives in Chaa Creek’s 365 acre private nature reserve, in 1996 they were relocated here from Scotland Half Moon Village and successfully reintegrated since they are natives to the area. Yellow fever had reduced their population in the surrounding area.

Fun fact of the Day:

In Belize, the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey is locally called “Baboon but it’s not a correct terminology since Baboons are African and Arabian old world monkeys. Belize even has a Howler Monkey protected area called the Bermudian Landing Community Baboon Sanctuary.

Submitted by Naturalist Guide: Hilberto Tut

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  • Belize Diving said:

    Amazing picture, you have to take care of nature to enjoy the wonderful scenes like this, excellent photo, greetings

  • A Belize Tour Guide - Certainly, the best job in the world | Belize Travel Blog said:

    […] Your first instinct is to run, but it’s only the noisy neighbor, Alouatta Pigra – the Black Howler Monkey. He’s a special breed, one of only six species in the world. A few years ago, we got so jealous […]

  • The Trumpet Tree - A Medical Tree of the Belize Rainforest | Belize Travel Blog said:

    […] chambers of the tree’s trunk. The leaves of the Cecropia peltata are a favorite food for tapirs, monkeys, and deers and the fruits are enjoyed by toucans, tanagers and other species of […]

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