Monkey Island Panama is home to several species of monkeys that are native to our region of Central America and there are several tour companies that offer Monkey Island tours that operate all around Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal.
Visitors can get a chance to feed the wild monkeys of Monkey Island Panama. The area is home to these species of monkeys: the Mantled Howler Monkey, the White-Faced Capuchin Monkey, Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey, and the Lemurine Owl Monkey. These tours take you in and around the waters that surround the rainforest found all along the canal. Here’s a little bit about Monkey Island and the different species that you can see.
Mantled Howler Monkey:
Visitors can go on tours of Monkey Island and see these adorable monkeys that live in groups of females with a few males. It communicates with other members of its group by creating a very loud sound that can be heard across some 5 kilometers. It is considered the loudest animal in our country’s rich animal diversity. Mantled Howler monkeys eat mostly trees from the tops of trees, as well as native fruits, nuts and flowers. They live anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
White-Faced Capuchin Monkey:
Also called the White-Throated Capuchin, these monkeys live in groups of 20 males and females and are very intelligent. They live in the Gatun lake region and are easily seen trying to use tree branches as a tool to knock food that is located just out of its reach. They live about 50 years.
Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey:
This small monkey lives in Panama and Colombia and its black and white with a red-brown nape. It has a white triangle shaped patch on its mask at the front of its head. It is the smallest species of monkey that you will see on most of the Monkey Island tours. They love the tropical rainforest’s dense moist canopy. The baby monkeys are born in the spring between April and June and newborns look a lot different than their parents. They are beige with white and black fur all over their bodies and tail. The entire family supports the new monkey baby care including the sibling monkeys. The Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey has a lifespan of 13 years.
Lemurine Owl Monkey:
These grey bellied night monkeys sleep during the daytime and come out to eat when dark sets in. They eat fruit, insects and nectar from fruit trees as well as sometimes small birds. They are a small monkey native to Panama. An interesting fact is that they are a monogamous monkey, and the couple usually has only one infant per year. The mother is in charge of the nursing and the father takes on the other responsibilities of raising the newborn.
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- the Panama Canal
- the Panama Canal Museum
- the jungle around Gatun Lake
- Monkey Island
- Amador Causeway
- Frank Gehry's Biomuseo
- the Bridge of the Americas
- Avenida Balboa
In Casco Viejo, these include: