Something is killing howler monkeys in Nicaragua. And nobody knows what it is.🙊
Some conservationists speculate that the primates’ plight might be related to drought, food shortages or other environmental factors. But one leading primate expert thinks the monkey die-off could be an early warning sign for something far more serious: a new viral outbreak.
That’s because howler monkeys are super susceptible to mosquito-borne illnesses. Previous monkey die-offs were harbingers of yellow fever outbreaks in Central America in the 1950s, and more recently in Argentina in the late 2000s.