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These White-faced and Howler Monkeys were one of the best parts of my visit to Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal.  We were on an excellent shore excursion by small tour boat that went into the back-waters of Lake Gatun along shorelines of some of the small islands there.  Our guide and the boat Capt. showed us where the monkeys live and actually drew a few of the White-faced Monkeys close to the water’s edge.

One super-bold White-faced Monkey actually jumped onto the boat with us to get a peanut that was offered by the guide.  Our guide mentioned that these monkeys seem to prefer peanuts in the shell to tie-bits of banana!  The White-faced Monkeys and Howler Monkeys eat nuts, fruits, leaves, ants, spiders, and small insects.  They primarily prefer fruits however.  The Howler Monkeys are the dark charcoal grey to black ones (mother and baby) and are very shy.  The Howler Monkeys did not come close to the boat at all.  I took these pictures at the Panama Canal on October 30, 2013 in the morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy





Comments on: "Monkeys at The Panama Canal Area" (7)

  1. they are really beautiful! how neat!

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, they are beautiful (very smart) animals. I saw Howler Monkeys in both the Panama Canal and also near Limon, Costa Rica. Howler Monkeys tend to avoid people and I only saw those from a distance. I also saw one Three-toed Sloth, also from a distance. Have an excellent day and thanks for your always nice comments!

  2. Wow—you got some great photos of the monkeys, Linda… I only have seen them in zoos and places where they are pinned up!!!! What a great experience you had.

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, it was quite exciting to see monkeys in the wild. By the way, we have a colony of now wild monkeys here where we live now in FL. These FL monkeys were brought in for the filming of exotic jungle-type Hollywood movies (Tarzan???) in the late 1930’s and 1940’s and escaped. Their offspring have thrived in Marion County near Silver Springs State Park in Florida. We are going to go to Silver Springs State Park tomorrow. I’ll let you know if I spot a monkey or two. Have a fine weekend!

  3. Cool, I love these cute monkeys! Did you go to Monkey Island? I remember our guide stopped to check them out and they come close because they are used to being fed. Great shots, have a happy weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, Same situation – Monkey Island and tour boat. I so enjoyed it. Also saw Howler Monkeys at Veragua Park near Limon, Coata Rica. Glad you also saw monkeys at the canal. Have a super good weekend!

  4. That was really cool, seeing them and getting to photograph them!

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