Howler Monkeys at Shaka Costa Rica

Posted by Oct18, 2010 Comments (4)

Male Howler in Canopy around Shaka

There seems to be a never ending supply of wildlife around Shaka to keep us entertained.

My favorite has to be the Howler Monkeys. You will often see them up in the tree canopy surrounding camp. They are usually moving from tree to tree eating some leaves and fruits. Even when you don’t see them, you will definitely hear them. For an animal that is only about 20″ tall weighing at most 15 lbs the loud bellowing sounds are quite something. The males make a deep roar or bark and the females make a higher pitched softer sound, all thanks to a small hallow bone set beside their vocal chords that acts like a drum. These loud calls allow troops of Howlers to communicate with each other, and also with surrounding troops. The Howler Monkeys that call the area around Shaka home usually wake you up just before dawn, followed closely by the local rooster population. It really is a great way to wake up in the morning and get you motivated to throw on your suit and head down to the beach for a morning surf.

Treetop Snack

Mom showing baby what and how to eat

All Photos Taken by Kelsey on the Grounds of Shaka Costa Rica

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