On Charraos, Gun-Guns and Cariblancos

April 2nd, 2011

Let me quickly help you with the translation before you think that I have started a blog in a different language!

Higueron Gigante ( Ficus insipidia)

Charrao also called Charro or  Mono Arana is in English  Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis). Of the three different  types of monkeys in Gran Azul the Spider Monkey is the most elusive.  About five  years ago Daniel saw  a group of four Aranas in Gran Azul and, in November  2010, he counted eleven Aranas. As soon as l return from Gran Azul in the middle of  April I will contact the Azuero Earth Project to tell them this good news. ( www.azueroearthproject.org)

Igueron verde with Daniel.

We also have the Howler monkey,  (Allouatta palliata trabeata), known here is the Gun-Gun.  It seems that we have quite a few families of the Howlers in Gran Azul and I can assure you that you hear them from early morning to late in the evening. However Daniel did not tell me about the size or  number of those families. As you probably know the Howler uses his voice to make sure that he does not encounter another family as he does not like confrontations and prefers to eat and digest in peace the many leaves he and his family eat.

Caimito ( Chrysophyllum cainito)

The third is the White headed Capuchin ( Cebus capucinus capucinus), known here as Mona Carita or Cariblanco. When I was in Gran Azul last week we saw one Cariblanco quietly sitting in a tree munching on some fruits or maybe an insect and our presence did not seem to worry him or her.

Is this all I can tell you about the monkey population in Gran Azul? At the moment it is. Certainly we will try to make some progress in our observations next year when we plan to be in Gran Azul for the entire dry season. I look forward to meet with the Azuero Earth Project people to get valuable advice and information from them. As for now I will just show you some of the trees in Gran Azul which are of major importance for the wellbeing of these amazing creatures.

Nance ((Byrsonima crassifolia)

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