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  • Shaking Hands with Howler Monkeys in Panama

    Howler monkey, monkey photo

    On the way from Isla Palenque to Panama City, we often find ourselves stretching the five-hour drive into a whole day affair – there are just too many incredible things to see on the way home. You would think we would only monkey around like this when the boss wasn’t around, but President Ben Loomis is usually the one leading these adventures! Whether it’s visiting a Ngobe-Bugle village, wandering a farmers’ market, chasing waterfalls or just “seeing what’s up that hill” — it’s always a fun day driving through Panama.

    This time, we stopped just 30 minutes from Isla Palenque at the Alouatta Lodge and Howler Monkey reserve to do some “research” on our loudest island resident, Thurston Howler III.

    Howler monkey, Panama Lodge

    The lodge’s owners, Steven and Michelle Walker, originally started taking in howlers in their home in Boquete. They saw that howler monkeys were often kept as pets and then forgotten and abandoned. Unable to survive in the wild, these monkeys needed a place to stay in which they could grow and thrive.

    Howler monkey, monkey photo

    According to Michelle, the goal was to provide “somewhere they could live in safety and acclimatize to living and socializing with other monkeys.”

    Howler monkey, monkey photosIt is truly amazing to see animals so well cared for and how much progress they achieve. A few howlers have even re-joined troops nearby and now live in the wild, although they still visit occasionally for Michelle’s banana-and-milk monkey dinner.

    Just another day at the office, today it was all monkey business!

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    On the way from Isla Palenque to Panama City, we often find ourselves stretching the five-hour drive into a whole day affair - there are just too many incredible things to see on the way home. You would think we would only monkey around like this when the boss wasn't around, but President Ben Loomis is usually the one leading these adventures! Whether it's visiting a Ngobe-Bugle village, wandering a farmers' market, chasing waterfalls or just "seeing what's up that hill" -- it's always a fun day driving through Panama.
    
    This time, we stopped just 30 minutes from Isla Palenque at the Alouatta Lodge and Howler Monkey reserve to do some "research" on our loudest island resident, Thurston Howler III.
    
    Howler monkey, Panama Lodge
    
    The lodge's owners, Steven and Michelle Walker, originally started taking in howlers in their home in Boquete. They saw that howler monkeys were often kept as pets and then forgotten and abandoned. Unable to survive in the wild, these monkeys needed a place to stay in which they could grow and thrive.
    
    Howler monkey, monkey photo
    
    According to Michelle, the goal was to provide “somewhere they could live in safety and acclimatize to living and socializing with other monkeys.”
    
    Howler monkey, monkey photosIt is truly amazing to see animals so well cared for and how much progress they achieve. A few howlers have even re-joined troops nearby and now live in the wild, although they still visit occasionally for Michelle’s banana-and-milk monkey dinner.
    
    Just another day at the office, today it was all monkey business!
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This time, we stopped just 30 minutes from Isla Palenque at the Alouatta Lodge and Howler Monkey reserve to do some "research" on our loudest island resident, Thurston Howler III.

Howler monkey, Panama Lodge

The lodge's owners, Steven and Michelle Walker, originally started taking in howlers in their home in Boquete. They saw that howler monkeys were often kept as pets and then forgotten and abandoned. Unable to survive in the wild, these monkeys needed a place to stay in which they could grow and thrive.

Howler monkey, monkey photo

According to Michelle, the goal was to provide “somewhere they could live in safety and acclimatize to living and socializing with other monkeys.”

Howler monkey, monkey photosIt is truly amazing to see animals so well cared for and how much progress they achieve. A few howlers have even re-joined troops nearby and now live in the wild, although they still visit occasionally for Michelle’s banana-and-milk monkey dinner.

Just another day at the office, today it was all monkey business!
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