Pop Quiz #5

Test your knowledge on the flora and fauna growing along UGACR campus trails and throughout the Monteverde Cloud Forest here in Costa Rica. You never know when a trivia night will call for tropical ecology facts…

Myth Buster: Will white-faced capuchin monkeys throw their fecal matter at you if feeling threatened?

White-faced capuchin monkey
Sounds gross, but tis in fact, a fact.

White-faced capuchins are one of the smartest species of monkeys. Not only do they use tools, but they also do full-body rub downs with citronella leaves, which act as an insect repellant. Traveling in troops, capuchins are not the quietest canopy dwellers, and can be heard cackling and rustling branches as they move swiftly overhead. You’ll likely see more than one at a time, but stopping and smiling in awe is strongly discouraged! Smiling at a capuchin monkey is the equivalent of a dog bearing its teeth – and the primates will take it as a threat. Because capuchins are aggressive, they won’t hesitate to lob nuts, fruits, and yes, even fecal matter, to let you know how they feel.

Post contribution by Alex Fylypovych, UGA Costa Rica Photojournalism Intern

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