Yucatán black howler monkey

An elegant arboreal dweller with a resounding voice that echoes through the forest

Charles J. Sharp

An elegant arboreal dweller with a resounding voice that echoes through the forest

60% suspected decline over the next 30 years

A distinguished resident of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it stands as a symbol of the region’s rich biodiversity and complex ecosystems. Adorned in a sleek, ebony coat, this species boasts an undeniable beauty, their dark fur providing a striking contrast against the verdant backdrop of their forest home. However, it’s not just their appearance that makes these primates noteworthy; it’s their extraordinary vocal prowess that truly sets them apart. Capable of emitting some of the loudest calls in the animal kingdom, their deep, resonant howls serve as a means of communication that can be heard for miles, echoing through the dense foliage and reinforcing their strong social bonds.

Inhabiting the dense canopy of the rainforest, the Yucatán Black Howler Monkey exhibits remarkable arboreal agility. Their long, prehensile tails act as a fifth limb, granting them exceptional balance and dexterity as they swing and leap among the treetops. This tail is not only a tool for locomotion but also serves as a tactile organ, assisting in the manipulation of food and the exploration of their environment.

The dietary habits of these primates reflect their adaptation to a life spent high above the forest floor. Primarily herbivorous, their diet is rich in the leaves, fruits, and flowers that abound in their canopy habitat. This not only satisfies their nutritional needs but also plays a crucial role in the dispersal of seeds, contributing to the regeneration and health of the rainforest. By feasting on a variety of plant materials, Yucatán Black Howler Monkeys act as key players in maintaining the ecological balance of their environment.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No