Species IUCN Status
Black howler monkeys are the loudest animal in the New World: their calls can travel up to five kilometers through the forests of Belize, Mexico and Guatemala where they live. As with many monkey species, the black howler is an endangered species at risk of extinction due to people hunting it for food and to sell in the pet trade. The black howler monkey like many large mammals is also threatened by the loss and destruction of its habitat, as they need relatively large tracts of intact rain forest. In addition, these monkeys are susceptible to many human diseases, and yellow fever carried by mosquitoes has reduced their numbers in some areas.