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Monkeys at The Panama Canal Area

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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

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Central American Adventure

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Costa Rica and Panama are lovely countries.  I had the pleasure of being there for a very brief time last week while on a cruise.  I was thrilled to see several Caiman, which are a reptile similar to a Crocodile or Alligator.  I also saw huge Crocodiles (Caiman are shown above and the Crocodiles are seen below).

These reptiles were spotted in Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal, and on the Chagres River, that is a fresh-water source for Lake Gatun.   The large lizards eat fish, birds, turtles, frogs and smaller land animals.  The Crocodiles cannot chew and do all digestion of their food internally.  I took these pictures on Oct. 30, 2013.  I’ll have more to share regarding different animals from the region, in the next several posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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