Why are Howlers Turning Orange ?
Walking through the Jungle in Caao Negro we hear HOWL HOWL ! We race around and to our amazement we see some Howler Monkeys in the trees with patches of orange, on their tails and legs. Very unusual!
The Reason Why
There in a tree, on his own is a huge Orange Howler. Our guide explains that scientists are studying these mutant monkeys. In mutant monkeys the melanin switches to pheomelanin producing yellow or orange tones. They have concluded the change in colour is a result of high use of pesticides throughout Costa Rica. Pesticides are used to repel insects from crop exports….bananas, pineapples, Palm trees for palm oil.
With this change of colour this animal is a target and easily spotted by Predators. Another disaster destroying wildlife.