Golden-mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta palliata

Golden-mantled Howler Monkey male
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey female
The Golden-mantled Howler Monkey, also called just Mantled Howler, is native to much of Central America and the northwest tip of South America.
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.
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey
Golden-mantled Howler Monkeys
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey male
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.
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey
Golden-mantled Howler Monkey
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.