Alouatta – Howler monkeys

Gods of the Mayan civilization

South and Central America are home to the Howler Monkeys. The creatures got their names because they have lengthy guard hairs on both sides of their bodies. These primates are a subspecies of New World monkeys.

The howler monkeys display highly social behavior and a well-established hierarchy. With one dominant male and many females with whom it mates, they create groups of 10 to 20 people. Females, who often remain in the group throughout their lives, make up most of their group. These monkeys often live in trees.

They are herbivorous monkeys (folivores). These primates often eat a lot of leaves, fruits, and flowers.