The Abilene Zoo is now home to some loud residents. The howler monkey troop is now on display after arriving from the Cleveland Zoo in early April.
Black howler monkeys are an endangered species native to Latin America. This troop of four family members is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plans, conservation programs that maintain healthy populations of vulnerable animals to help prevent extinction.
“Howler monkeys show lots of personality by exploring and playing, so they are fun to watch,” said Liz Kellerman, Abilene Zoo Animal Behaviorist.
Kellerman said these monkeys are famously loud and their howl can be heard three miles away.
The troop includes a breeding pair: Dante is a 7-year old male and Springer is his 13-year old mate. The pair have two offspring, a 19-month old male named Yoder and an 8-month old female named Hazel.
The Abilene Zoo is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.