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Living in extended family groups, howler monkeys spend most of the day feasting on leaves in the treetops. As a group, they howl to defend their territory. The howling is so loud and deep that it can be heard from nearly two miles away, thanks to a deep jaw and specialized voice box.

howler monkey close up

Did You Know?

Male black howler monkeys are all black in color and a bit larger in size than the golden-colored females.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Alouatta caraya

South America

Tropical forest

1.5 to 2 ft

18 yrs

Zoo Location:
Jungle Trails

Leaves, flowers and fruit