The Virtual Rainforest
A Neotropical Rainforest
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Army Ants

Bullet Ants
Leafcutter Ants

Rhinoceros Beetle

Swallowtail Butterfly



Keel-billed Toucan

Howler Monkeys

White-faced Monkeys

Three-toed Sloth
Baird's Tapir
White-lipped Peccary
Reptiles and Amphibians:
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Poison Dart Frog
Helmeted Iguana
Eyelash Viper
Terciopelo Viper
Spectacled Caiman
American Crocodile
Human Systems:
Rainforest Boy
Rainforest Girl
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Rainforest Research

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White-faced Monkeys (Cebus capucinus)

The White-faced Monkey (also called White-faced Capuchin) is a curious and charismatic monkey found in Central America's rainforests.

White-faced monkeys are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They like to eat a lot of fruit, but their curious nature also helps them find treats like bird eggs.

Family of Howler MonkeysMother monkeys carry their babies on their backs, where they are often sleeping.

Like other mammals, baby monkeys get their nourisment from their mother's milk, until they get old enough to eat fruit, insects and eggs on their own.

When they grow up, White-faced Monkeys like to live in groups of 4-6 where they jump and swing their way through the rainforest. These monkeys can live nearly 50 years.

Alpha Male Howler Monkey

For comparison, check out the Howler Monkey.



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Michigan State University

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