Monkeys of Costa Rica & Facts

Costa Rica is such a beautiful place in the world to explore; I highly recommend it!! I’m pretty sure that 90% of all the wildlife I have seen in my life is from Costa Rica, no joke! Costa Rica has something for everyone, beaches, ocean, wildlife, hiking, snorkeling, diving, ziplining, bungee jumping and much much more!!

I wanted to touch on my favorite genus of animal, Monkeys! My first interaction with a real monkey was in Costa Rica, almost every destination we went to in Costa Rica we saw a different kind of Monkey!!

Costa Rica has 4 different species of monkeys:

The Howler Monkey

The Howler Monkey

On my very first travel adventure I heard the ‘howl’ of the Howler Monkeys while I was in the jungles of the Mayan Ruin site, Tikal. It’s hard to believe these monkeys can have such a loud, ferocious howl!! In Costa Rica howler monkeys are everywhere!!  The little Howler Monkey pictured above lives at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

Average size: Head and body, 22 to 36 in (55.8 to 91.4 cm); Tail, 23 to 36 in (58.4 to 91.4 cm)

Did you know? The name of multiple Howler Monkeys together is a Troop. Howler Monkeys have a prehensile tail.

Spider Monkey

Spider Monkey

It was a total fluke that we saw Spider Monkeys while we were in Tortuguero, Costa Rica! We just came back from kayaking through the canals and heard something in the trees, then we spotted them eating oranges! So cute!!

Average size: 14 to 26 in (35 to 66 cm)

Did you know? Spider Monkeys do not have thumbs; they maneuver through the trees with their arms & prehensile tail!

White-faced Capuchin Monkey

White-faced Capuchin Monkey

White-faced Capuchin monkeys can be spotted in quite a few places in Costa Rica. The location that I saw the largest population of these monkeys in Costa Rica was inside the National Park of Manuel Antonio, Quepos. They can get quite feisty when you come into their territory so try and be considerate of their home. :)

Average size: 35-45cm (13.8-18in)

Did you know? White-faced Capuchin monkeys are thought to be the most intelligent monkeys in the world! White-faced monkeys have been known to assist people that are paraplegic.

Squirrel Monkeys

Squirrel Monkeys

We spotted a couple Squirrel monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos but they were so high up in the trees and into the sun it was hard for me to even distinguish that they were monkeys. I thought that was going to be our only chance to see these tiny, cute monkeys but once we got back to our hotel and had only 5 minutes to spare before our bus ride a HUGE troop of them swung through the trees at our hotel!! I highly recommend going to Quepos if you are in Costa Rica so you may get the chance to see these cute monkeys!!

Average size: 25cm – 36cm (9.8in – 14in)

Did you know? Squirrel Monkeys typically weigh only 1.7 – 2.4 pounds! Squirrel Monkeys are known to have the largest brain to body mass ratio of all monkey species in the world!!

Photo Credit: Thomas Lowe. :)


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7 Responses to “Monkeys of Costa Rica & Facts”

  1. Agape Adventuress February 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Well now I just want a monkey! …And to get to Costa Rica. Thanks for inspiring :)

    • dawnkealing February 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      I have always wanted a monkey, but now seeing them in real life I’d rather just leave them there and visit them! :D Thanks for visiting my page! ^_^

  2. Don't Forget To Move February 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Great post! I love monkeys too! The howler monkeys at Tikal are amazing! I was there for the sunrise and we heard them into the distance. They sound like dinosaurs roaring! so cool.

    • dawnkealing February 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      Exactly!! I was up on Temple IV for sunrise after camping in the park that night. I always say their noise reminds me of dinosaurs, everyone looks at me like I’m crazy. At least I’m not the only one that thinks that!! :P

  3. surfingtheplanet February 4, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    In our round the world trip, we always liked to play “spot the monkey”, we love these funny animals! Thanks for sharing with us that there are so many different ones in Costa Rica. One more reason to visit that country!

  4. clay February 4, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    we loved the jaguar rescue centre, it’s an amazing place and they’re doing such a great job at rehabilitating the animals – of course the monkeys are very cute but we loved the red eyed tree frogs and sloths the most!! great post :)

    • dawnkealing February 4, 2014 at 8:34 am #

      The sloths were SO cute!!! I absolutely loved the little sloths. ^_^ The Jaguar Rescue Center was such a great place, there was so much to see! :)

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