August 25, 2011
The Howler monkeys were less curious in general and did not come as close. I could hear them from very far away as they make a loud noise using their large throats that they use to communicate with each other. Unlike the capuchins that live in large groups of 20 or more the Howler monkeys live in much smaller groups and were very territorial of the area they were foraging in. The howler monkeys ignored me for the most part except one day towards the end of my trip it started to rain hard and a group of 4 all huddled together under a very tall palm tree. I was lying on my back in the bottom of the canoe with my lens pointed straight up snapping away. There were three younger ones and they could all obviously see me and they would hide on a tree branch then quickly poke their heads around to stare down at me then back to hiding. It was the perfect time of year for monkey watching because the fruit and trees were abundant and they came right to the rivers edge to feed and play.