You Make The Diagnosis: Listen and Name This Costa Rica Monkey

In early December 2011, I had the privilege of going to Costa Rica.  Wow, what a great country!  It is beautiful and filled with amazing animals.  If you enjoy watching wildlife in their natural environment, I would strongly recommend a trip to Costa Rica.

During a boat trip through a national park, I recorded the following video.  Please listen closely and name this monkey.

Diagnosis: Mantled Howler Monkey

Mantled howler monkeys are known for their eery vocalizations. This male started calling after he heard another male across the river. According to the Rainforest Alliance, howler monkeys are strict vegetarians eating flowers, fruits and leaves. They use their long tails to hang on to branches as they search for food. Once they have had enough, they sleep with their front and back legs straddling a branch. They spend their time in the forest canopy, rarely touching the ground.  Seeing a family of monkeys in their natural habitat is something that I will never forget. 

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.