Nice close up view of a howler monkey howling!
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Nice close up view of a howler monkey howling!

Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta pigra)The Black Howler Monkey, known as the "baboon" in Belize, is the largest monkey in Belize and one of the largest in the Americas.

Black howler monkeys live in troops of between 4 and 8 members. Each troop has its own territory in which it feeds and lives. The size of the territory depends on the size of the troop, ranging from 3 to 25 acres. Baboons defend this territory from other troops through the use of their voices. The howling is one of the loudest animal sounds in the tropical forest of Belize.

Howler monkeys are vegetarians, feeding on flowers, fruits and leaves. Within Belize, a special community-based conservation organization has protected land along the Belize River for the Howler, ensuring that their food trees are not destroyed to make way for pasture.

Information courtesy of Belize Zoo

Photograph courtesy Institute of Archaeology

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