Howler monkeys return to Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca National Park after 200 Years

Biologists spotted a breeding pair and their 3 young in Rio’s wildlife haven, a hopeful sign for the future of the park.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After approximately two centuries of absence, breeding Brown Howler Monkeys have been confirmed in Tijuca National Park.

Biologists spotted a breeding pair with three young, which is an extremely positive sign for the reintroduction effort that has been going on since 2015.

Howler Monkeys can live near humans, but they were driven to extinction through hunting and habitat loss in Rio de Janeiro. The two parents were released into the park separately and must have met each other accidentally.

The offspring of this chance meeting could be the first step to a more robust population residing . . .

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