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Howler Monkey

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Howler Monkey Facts

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
56-92cm (22-36in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
3-9kg (6.6-20lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
30km/h (18mph)
How long the animal lives for
15-20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, Tan, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Rainforest and dense jungle
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Fruit, Nuts, Seeds
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Jaguar, Snakes, Birds
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Long tail and extremely loud vocal calls

Howler Monkey Location

Map of Howler Monkey Locations
Map of South America

Howler Monkey

There are 9 different species of howler monkey, found dispersed throughout the tropical jungles of South America. The howler monkey is one of the largest species of monkey found in South America with some howler monkeys growing to nearly a meter long.

Despite their large size, howler monkeys weigh less than 10 kg which allows them to move with more agility through the high trees and lets the howler monkeys hang from branches by their tails when picking fruit.

The howler monkey is thought to have to loudest call of all the primates in the world with some howler monkeys being able to project their howling voices for up to a few miles! Howler monkeys move in troops of around 18 howler monkeys and spend most of their time sleeping and grooming each other.

The howler monkey is said to be one of the least active monkeys as the howler monkeys spends 80% of its time resting! The howler monkey generally lives to around 20 years old however, due to loss of habitat, the howler monkeys are finding it more difficult to find the food that they need.

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First Published: 13th December 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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