I will leave you with the stunning images of golden mantled howler monkeys, captured beautifully as always by Cindy Knoke..amazing..
I found this pair on the shores of a river leading into Lake Nicaragua. Golden Mantles are named for the long golden hairs on their backs and shoulders. They are the largest Central American monkey and are critical seed dispersers and germinators.
I stood very still,
and shot them for quite awhile.
They both eventually became curious,
and walked down the tree branches directly towards me!
They hooted gently, causing me to back up!
I wasn’t sure at first if it was safe for them to get this close.
My cowardice seemed to disappoint them, and they went back up the tree, and about their business, ignoring me.
Cheers to you from Nicaragua’s friendly Golden Mantles~