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I don’t go on these trips hoping only to see birds.  I like all kinds of wildlife.  One of the most delightful species we saw was the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii).

Look at his little nose!  Squirrel Monkeys are very sweet to each other.  They travel in large groups, although most of the time I would see only about three at a time.  One night, though, they stuffed themselves full of bananas and had to rest in a big heap of monkeys on top of the fence.

There was a large banana patch behind the lodge where the monkeys like to eat.  The employees used to give the monkeys bananas, but they started begging for food so now the monkeys find all their own food.

I really liked looking at their little hands.  They look a lot like ours and are clearly used for a lot of finite movement.

2 Responses to “Central American Squirrel Monkey”

  1. tess says:

    Ack! Those monkeys are sooo cute! That’s really awesome that you could watch them from where you were staying.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    It was such a wonderful place to stay. The monkeys were everywhere!