Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mother & baby monkey crossing the road

Julie and I backed away from the area where the howler monkeys in this series of photos were crossing the road.  The alpha male, seeing that the others in his group lacked the ability to jump from the trees on one side of the road to the trees across the road, jumped back to the original side where the mother and baby were sitting in a branch.

The alpha male led the mother and baby down the trunk of the tree to the ground and they scampered across the road.  Julie and I backed away to give them ample distance and to make sure that no cars were coming.

This little story shows why it is beneficial that the government now requires that all new condos and homes in the Tamarindo area will have to leave about half of the land in vegetation.  The howler monkeys need pathways to travel from tree to tree.  The Capitan Suizo Resort, a couple of blocks away, has a little pathway hanging high up across the street for the monkeys to use to cross the road.

We are showing photos of Tanzania this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site, including a photo of a different kind of monkey than this.

13 comments:

Kate said...

It is thoughtful and correct to do all that is necessary to help and protect these animals. Love the cowntries priorities.

Kate said...

should be "love that country's priorities."

Sharon said...

I love that the government is so thoughtful in the protection of the environment and the creatures that live in it.

Jarart said...

I'm glad that the man of the family escorted the mother and child across the dangerous street. Maybe the trees will grow enough to allow the crossing up high.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The path a bit higher in the trees sounds like a very good option Dave. Glad these chaps got over to the other side safely!
btw that was a very interesting comment you made today on my post, I did not know that a 'dodgy' bumper sticker could have the potential to negate the choice of a juror.

Memphis MOJO said...

I love a story with a happy ending.

JM said...

Love this series! The truth is I really enjoy all your wonderful fauna shots, Dave.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Hang on.

Leif Hagen said...

David - I saw lots of monkeys in Dharamsala, India at the Dalai Lama's temple!
Awesome that you are going to Bhutan - not many "tourists" get there I believe....

Bob Crowe said...

Well, good for the government, then. It's refreshing to hear of local authorities caring more about preserving the area's wildlife than money from developers.

BTW, I dropped something in the mail for you today.

Jack said...

That is a relief. I didn't want to see a photo of mom and child going splat.

Rob Siemann said...

Why did the monkey (and the chicken) cross the road... An age-old question -)

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