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Black Howler Monkey

Zoo Location: Forest
Black Howler Monkey
Habitat

Tropical rainforest.

Wild Diet

Mainly leaves but also buds, flowers, fruit and figs.

Behaviour

They live in troops containing more than one male. They shout to defend their territories. The black howler is quieter and has a smaller territory than the red howler. The bulbous larynx, which amplifies its shouts is concealed under the beard. It is a strongly built monkey that has powerful limbs. These animals spend most their time in the trees but spend short periods of time on the ground.

Breeding

The female gives birth to one youngster after a gestation of 20 weeks. The offspring stays for up to 2 years.

Threats

The main threat to this species is hunting.

Conservation

There is a European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for the black howler monkey.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Alouatta caraya
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Cebidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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