May 9, 2014 – The Binghamton Zoo is eager to announce a pair of howler monkeys from the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina. Diego (male) and Carlitta (female) arrived at the Binghamton Zoo on April 30.

The last time Binghamton Zoo had monkeys was in the early 90’s, when Japanese Macaques were housed at the zoo.

Diego, 11 years old, is larger in size and has a black coat. Carlitta, 15 years old, is smaller and has a golden brown coat. Howler monkeys are considered the largest of the New World monkeys.

The howler monkeys will be on exhibit in the lower zoo, where the red panda’s once resided. Both red pandas have moved across the path next to the lemurs.

Black howler monkeys are native to the rainforests of central South America, ranging through eastern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. They are very social primates and have been observed in groups up to 19 individuals in the wild. This species is listed as Least Concern, as they have the ability to adapt to their surroundings and can live in small and disturbed areas.

These monkeys get their name from their enlarged hyoid and larynx which houses the vocal apparatus where their distinctive howling originates. This sound can be heard in the morning to notify neighboring groups of their position to maintain enough distance between groups.

For more information on the howler monkeys and the Binghamton Zoo, please contact Rachel Davenport at 607-724-5461 ext. 231 or rdavenport@rossparkzoo.com.