Bellowing its way into today’s article is the howler monkey. They are a new world monkey residing in Central and South America. These critters are appropriately named for their cries. When they let lose in a troop of monkeys they can be heard a great distance away – up to 10 miles!
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Alouatta caraya
Weight: Black howler: 8.8 – 22 lbs | Mantled howler monkey: 15 lbs
Length: Black howler: 1.8 – 3 ft. | Mantled howler monkey: 3.7 ft.
Lifespan: Black howler: 15 – 20 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) Howler monkeys are the largest of all the known new world monkeys!
2.) The howler monkey has a prehensile tail (a tail that can grip) that it uses as an extra arm, for balance, and to hang from branches.
3.) These Monkeys live in troops of approximately 10 to 15 members.
4.) Each troop contains about 1 – 3 males.
5.) The howler monkey troop has a complex hierarchy which is used to keep everyone in check.
But wait, there’s more on the howler monkey!
6.) Howlers are omnivores (they eat both plant and animal material). They prefer to eat leaves, nuts, and berries from the trees they reside in.
7.) The howlers don’t have a mating season. They mate all year, as long as there is food and a safe place to live!
Did you know…?
When they let loose a call they can be heard up to 10 miles away!
8.) After 180 days, one baby is born. The baby grows quickly and is cared for and educated by the mother.
9.) After 1 year, the baby howler monkey has to leave the troop.
10.) There are 15 known species of howler monkey.