The Monkeys of the Rainforest
The Monkeys of the Rainforest are the most diverse group of mammals moving throughout the Amazon Basin. Most of them spend their lifetime in the dense canopy covering all kind of habitats monkeys find a way to survive and diversify, many have a prehensile tail, one of the most interesting feature Nature has come out to fix the the challenge of reaching the edge of the trees in the canopy.
The Monkey of the Rainforest are a very important creatures of the forest, in many ways for example: some species feeds on fruits in the forest, they do best dispersing the genes of of thousands of trees and lianas, Other species feeds eats a little bite of everything and they do the best insect control for many species of tree and lianas.
Many species of Amazon Rainforest Monkeys covers a lot of area in their outing everyday, for fruits, flowers, invertebrates and forest clay licks. The Red Howler (Alouatta seniculus) and the White-bellied Spider Monkey (Ateles belzebuth) come down to forest clay licks to eat clay and drink the water if it is present.
The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador is the largest tract of Tropical Rainforest in the Western Amazon Basin, one of the most biologically diverse on the planet. Within the forest of the Yasuní is located Shiripuno Amazon Lodge where lives 9 species of monkeys, all of them sharing the forest resources in at this unique area.
Here is a list of the Monkeys you can find while visiting the Shiripuno Amazon Lodge found in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.
1. Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea)
1. Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus aequatorialis)
2. Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri cassiquiarensis)
1. Aotus vociferans Mono nocturno vociferante Noisy Night Monkey
1. Red-crowned Titi (Plecturocebus discolor)
2. Napo Saki (Pithecia napensis)
1. Colombian Red Howler (Alouatta seniculus)
2. White-bellied Spider Monkey (Ateles belzebuth)
3. Humboldt’s Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha)