The Problem Extends! More Deaths of Howler Monkeys Confirmed, Now in Veracruz and Campeche

Close up to a Mantled Howler Monkey, Alouatta palliata, or golden -mantled howling monkey, is a species of howler monkey, a type of New World monkey, from Central and South America. It is one of the monkey species most often seen and heard in the wild in Central America. It takes its mantled name from the long guard hairs on its sides.

The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has reported that cases of dead howler monkeys are also occurring in the states of Campeche and Veracruz, presumably due to the heatwave affecting a large part of the Mexican Republic.

According to the latest Semarnat report, 157 howler monkeys have been found dead in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. Additionally, there are now more cases in Campeche and Veracruz, although official figures have not been provided yet.

In the municipalities of Hueyapan and Catemaco in Veracruz, water holders are being installed to provide care for these primates, and monitoring will be maintained in the region. Meanwhile, in Campeche, two brigades have been deployed in Miguel Colorado and Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

Studies are being conducted to determine the cause of death of howler monkeys.

In connection with the deaths of howler monkeys in various states across the country, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Service of Health, Safety, and Agri-Food Quality have conducted a study to ascertain the cause of death for these animals.

Investigations have ruled out emerging diseases or toxicological origins as the causes of death. It is presumed that the mortality is attributed to heatstroke and lack of water in the region.

Source: UNOTV