Everybody loves monkeys

The wildlife has come out in force on my daily walks.  There are trees in bloom placed strategically on the jungle road for vegetarian howlers and capuchin monkeys to have lunch and a rest.

Spending a leisurely time snapping photos, I was able to observe a diversity of individuals and behaviors.  

In howler families there are large alpha males, younger males & females, mothers with babies and toddlers playing.



One female had an obvious newborn baby that another was interested in.  

Before one long, tense howling session where I conceived that there were two troops staking territory, I could have sworn I saw this monkey make the okay signal to his clan (anthropomorphizing, I know).  

Another thing observed at such close range was that most howlers have pustules on their neck or sides, some more unfortunate than others.  

My guess is that these are botfly larvae, putting 2+2 together after seeing this ugly beast on the road.

Howlers are definitely more laid back while the capuchins seem hyper-active in comparison. 

The howler lays around to rest...YAWN

... while the capuchin hangs around in play.

Monkey species don't necessarily like to mingle and even howler families ward each other off with their surprisingly loud barking that carries quite far.

Encounters of other sorts are inevitable in the jungle. 

This howler was watching a lovely slaty-tailed trogon eating a bug at the same time we were observing his bright colors. 

Farther down the road, Mark spotted this beautiful Hoffman's two-toed sloth hanging still in a tree as they do.  

Then a few capuchin monkeys came by to feast on the fruits of a nearby tree.  A young one was very playful and funny, jumping all over the place eating fruit.

He kept running over to look at the sloth lounging in the tree.  

The sloth's head finally moved, eeeever so sloooowly, to check out his new little friend.

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