Cuteness of the day. Guessing that this was at Xunantunich, where they can usually be found on the left side of El Castillo. Enjoy!
Sounds of the Howler Monkey
The first time you hear a howler monkey up close it is a little scary. This one was somewhere above us but we never saw it. See our photos here!
Howler monkeys love flowers!
Yucatan black howler monkeys are herbivorous, with a highly specialized gut that is able to make the maximum use of the leaves they eat. In rehab here at Wildtracks, we help them build their foraging skills through enrichment, encouraging them to hunt to find their favourite leaves and flowers from the bamboo holders provided.
Everyone approaches the enrichment in their own way - something we never forget as we help them through the rehab process...all monkeys are individuals, all move at their own speed through rehabilitation. There is no "one size fits all". Catering for the individual needs may be why, after five years and 40 released individuals, we have a 90%+ first year survival rate, and an over 75% long term survival rate spanning the five years since the first releases. Last year was the first time wild babies were born to the released rehab troops, with 11 youngsters added to the Fireburn population since then. Yucatan black howler monkeys are globally endangered, with populations in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala being impacted by large scale land clearance and forest fragmentation. Join us in making a difference - follow their stories and share their successes!