Dublin Zoo has welcomed two Venezuelan red howler monkeys, the latest species to arrive at its South American home.
The five-year-old male red howler monkeys arrived from Tierpark Berlin and are adapting very well to their new habitat, Dublin Zoo said.
They get their name “Howler Monkey” from their roaring and howling calls that can be heard up to 5km away. They are the loudest of all monkey species and use their calls to warn other howler monkeys to stay away from their territory.
They have a unique black face, thick red fur, and a long prehensile tail that can grab objects and act as a fifth hand to help them climb through trees, grab onto branches.
Venezuelan red howler monkeys are New World monkeys native to Mexico, Central and South America. The Venezuelan howler monkeys live specifically in the rainforests of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
Venezuelan red howler monkeys live in a group called a squad and spend most of their time high in trees. They are primarily leaf eaters and have evolved special teeth to help them chew tough leaves. The species is only seen in eight other European zoos.
Eddie O’Brien, team leader at Dublin Zoo, said they were “really delighted” to welcome the “incredibly interesting” species to Dublin Zoo’s South American home.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dublin-zoo-welcomes-two-new-venezuelan-red-howler-monkeys-41553315.html Dublin Zoo welcomes two new Venezuelan red howler monkeys