The Golden-mantled Howler Monkey, also called just Mantled Howler, is native to
much of Central America and the northwest tip of South
Howler monkeys are large, robust monkeys. Their name comes from their territorial call which can be heard through forest for some 4 km
and the golden fur on their backs.
They have prehensile tails for their arboreal lifestyle and
live in small, mixed groups. Photos on this page were taken
by Alexandra Makhnina in Costa Rica.
Since their diet is mainly (low-energy) leaves, they spend a
lot of time resting and digesting; the howl for
communication also saves movement and energy.