Dear readers, I’m back! After suffering with some kind of illness (nothing serious), we did some traveling, had some friends over… and wow, where does the time go? Anyway, today’s post is just pure fun – monkey love!
We happened upon these beautiful creatures about 30 minutes south of our house in Esterillos Oeste, in a little place called Playa Palo Seco. We had just come from a few hours at the Manuel Antonio National Park, which is renowned for its access to wildlife. Well, we didn’t see much in the park, but our little detour to Palo Seco surely made up for it! Trust me, these were not taken with any kind of telephoto lens – just a regular Canon PowerShot from the front seat of the car. (And to give credit where it’s due, Arturo was our intrepid photographer.)
These monkeys (los monos) are a species called white-headed capuchins (Cebus capucinus), and you might recognize it as the type that you typically see in pictures with an organ grinder. Though you can’t tell from these pictures, we saw at least 10 monkeys in the trees. Any trivia buffs out there? What do you call a group of monkeys? (Answer: a troop.) These guys live in troops of up to 40 monkeys. They can grow to be up to 8.6 pounds, and they are omnivores, eating both insects and fruit. Check out more facts about the white-headed capuchin here.
I’ve been told that there are some monkeys that come to the edge of the beach here in Esterillos early in the morning, so I’ve started taking walks down there to scope them out. Nothing to report yet, but I’ll keep you posted!