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Howler Monkey (ringtone)

© Dennis Hysom (audio)
Howler Monkey, Alouatta pigra
"These large monkeys primarily eat leaves, which have little nutritional value and which explains their slow-moving lifestyle. They move methodically from limb to limb (not brachiating, or swinging with their arms as many monkey species do), usually holding on to a branch with at least two hands or one hand and the tail at all times. Their prehensile tails are strong enough to support the monkey's entire body weight.

Howlers live together in groups where the number of females is greater than the number of males. Fights over mates or territory (and food as well), are conducted primarily via yelling, which is the song in your ringtone. Howlers are also well-known for throwing dung when threatened, so be aware when you get close to them! Learn more about this species
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