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The 264 known extant monkey species represent two of the three groupings of simian primates (the third group being the 21 species of apes). Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent and, unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails.

Monkeys range in size from the Pygmy Marmoset, at 140 to 160 millimetres (56 in) long (plus tail) and 120 to 140 grams (45 oz) in weight, to the male Mandrill, almost 1 metre (3.3 ft) long and weighing 35 kilograms (77 lb). Some are arboreal (living in trees) while others live on the savanna; diets differ among the various species but may contain any of the following: fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, eggs and small animals.

Black Howler Monkeys

In the pitch black night, deep in the verdant rainforest of the Yucatan Peninsula, a furry creature swings swiftly from branch to branch, calling so loud, you can hear it from five kilometers away through deep jungle growth. The question is though, what is it coming from? Wait, it sounds like a jaguar. No, it can't be, its a.monkey?

With the head and body length from 22 to 36 inches, the tail length from 23 to 36 inches, and adults weigh from 9 to 22 lbs., the six species of howling monkeys are among the largest America or New World monkeys. Their hair is course and their faces are naked and males are visibly larger than females. Males are black and females are brown in color. Known as the baboon in Belize, Black Howler Monkeys live and travel in small groups and are reported to eat more leaves than any other New World monkey in the world. Their average life span is about 16 to 20 years in the wild and their scientific name is Alouatta Pigra or Alouatta Caraya.

The Black Howler Monkey rarely comes down to earth from his high perch. Why? He was once pronounced as the God of writing to the Mayan. The Mayan, who lived in the Yucatan Peninsula, developed one of the most sophisticated written language native to the Americas. As weird and unusual as it is, no one really knows much about the appearance of the Mayan, either.

Screams of the Black Howler Monkey are often mistaken by visitors for those of a jaguar. It screams so loud that you can hear it from 5 kilometers away through vast jungles. But as rare as these screams and other features of this monkey are, throughout most its range, this furry animal is now endangered as the rainforest habitats shrink and as the monkeys are hunted down by many people. These poor inhabitants need our help in saving their lives from the fatal disasters. What will you do to save these remarkable creatures?

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