12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The gentle people of the forest
The largest primate in the Americas the Muriqui is found in the threatened Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.
It is split into 2 subspecies, Northern and Southern with less than 1000 individuals remaining in the wild.
These photos were taken in Itatiaia National Park in the state of Rio de Janerio where they are seldom seen and still creates controversy as to which subspecies this group belongs too, being suggested that this group could be a hybrid of both but more study is needed.
They are famous for their placid nature and lack of hierarchy within the group, being known in Brazil as Hippy monkeys.
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||Oct. 27, 2014, 11:01 a.m.
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