Howler Monkeys in the Jungles of Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Tikal National Park is filled with playful, acrobatic spider monkeys and howler monkeys. While wandering the large park in search of ancient Mayan tombs and temples, we captured this family of black howler monkeys swinging on jungle vines.
It’s difficult to tell, but these monkeys are actually quite big. We were happy they were high above in the trees, but watchful because apparently they like to defecate on the heads of people below – classy, I know!
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Howler Monkeys are given their name for a reason – they can howl!
It’s amazing how loud these monkeys can get. Their haunting shriek echoes off the jungle canopy, heard from miles away in every direction. It’s hard to explain the eerie sound, but the best comparison would be a lion’s growl at a low pitch, that lasts for a few minutes at a time.
It’s quite the experience that is certain to send a shiver down your spine!
Have you ever heard or seen Howler Monkeys in the wild? What did you think?
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