More Monkey Business: Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica


Last week when I was blogging about seeing the Mona Monkey in Grenada, I realized that while I have written and posted photos about the white-faced capuchin monkeys and the spider monkeys I saw in Costa Rica, I have left out the howler monkeys. Yes, I know this a travel blog and not a monkey blog, but I like it when the two intersect. (Don’t worry, this should be last monkey blog for a while, unless I encounter some this weekend in Indiana, because that would certainly be blog-worthy.)

I heard the howler monkeys frequently while in Costa Rica because, well, they howl. Actually, the howl sounds more like a bark. So, you’ll hear these barking monkeys, but you won’t always see them because they like to stay toward the top of tall trees. The howler monkeys in this post were hanging out in Manuel Antonio National Park. They were being quiet and I spotted a bunch of tourists with super-zoom lenses before I spotted them. In some species, it can be difficult to tell the males from the females, but not with howler monkeys, as you can see in the photo below. With those, er, white markings, there certainly isn’t any confusion there!


2 Responses to More Monkey Business: Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

  1. Heather on her travels November 5, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    They sound like they’re quite illusive – not the kind that come up and steal your camera when you’re not looking

  2. Cheap lots in costa rica March 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Beautiful photos, I think that Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places around the world.

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