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Costa Rica Picture of the Day – Congo/Howler Monkey

Costa Rica Picture of the Day  – Each day the Costa Rican Times will be including a picture from around Costa Rica to see the natural beauty and amazing things that we get to see each day in the land of the Pura Vida.

Congo or commonly known as howler monkeys, live in almost all the forests of Costa Rica. The nickname, howler monkey was given to them  because you can hear them singing at dawn and at dusk from hundred of meters away. The purpose of the howling is to communicate between each other in order to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

Their diet is based on flowers and fruits. They are diurnal, sedentary and have little social activity.

In Guanacaste, an association was found between these monkeys feeding and “iguanas”. When the monkeys are foraging in trees they drop some ripe fruits, which are used by the lizards that are pre-installed under these trees.

In Costa Rica, this species is considered endangered and is protected and regulated by the Law of Conservation of Wildlife No. 7317, the Organic Environmental Law No. 7554 and Decree No. 26435-MINAE. So it is included in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The picture below was submitted by Mari Rodriguez, if you want pictures from Mari, feel free to write to contact her.

Mono Congo Cabuya Puntarenas Costa Rica JPG

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