Dinner and breakfast with monkeys
Since the moment Hanna first time saw a spider monkey we knew that we have to find more of them and show her that they are happy out there, between the trees, and taking one home is maybe not the best idea.
First one we met in the Maya village. Probably her mother fell down from the tree and people decided to take care about the small one. So a sweet, small, spider monkey is playing with kids and jumping on the bike. Hanna was absolutely amazed. Especially that the monkey was not more interested in her, than Hanna in the monkey.
So we knew that you can meet spider monkey in different forests in Yucatan but a nice place to do it is in the Reserve Punta Laguna. We decided to give ourselves some time to meet them them for sure and reserved time in the afternoon, evening and morning. During the afternoon we also took with us a local guy, Angel, to help us recognise the sounds.
The sound is like a dogs’ barking! Spider monkeys have disproportionately long, spindly limbs (that’s where their name come from) and unlike many monkeys, they do not use their arms for balance when walking, instead relying on their tail. They are quite social (live in groups up to 35) and have a funny structure of the group: there is a female leader, responsible for the plan of the day (where to find food and where to sleep). Also reproduction depends on the monkey girls: female chooses a male who she wants to get to know closer.
We were lucky enough to meet some of the monkeys in the evening time, when they were looking for a place to sleep and also in the morning, while having a breakfast. And those monkeys never eat bananas!
And since they can be found in tropical forests of Central and South America, all the way from southern Mexico to Brazil, I guess we will still meet some on our way.