During our February tour to Huallaga and Mayo valleys, we had the chance to experience one of the most fabulous wildlife encounters of our lives (so far !). Yes, it is a months-ago-experience, but I wanted to share it on this blog since it was a memorable one and deserves to be shared. So, as we made an afternoon walk along the Tino trail (just below the lodge) we heard a noise up high in the canopy. It sounded like a large animal was moving around, and to our surprise, a group of five Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkeys (Oreonax flavicauda) showed up just about 20 meters above our heads.
This species of monkey is endemic to northern Perú, and live mainly in cloud forests of the Amazonas and San Martín regions. They are primarily frugivorous, but they can also eat leaves, flowers (like in this case, we saw them eating flowers), and insects.
The Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey is considered one of “The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates“, and habitat loss by deforestation is the biggest threat to the survival of the species. Nevertheless, initiatives like The Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva Private Conservation Area, managed by ECOAN, are having incredible results in the conservation of this unique species of Monkey. In the last months, the species have been seen quite regularly in the forests around the Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge, and we hope they will stay in the area for a while.
If you wish to have the chance of feeling the intense and memorable experience of encounter a Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey in its natural habitat, just check one of our tours to northern Peru:
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