I may be slightly biased, but I think my monkeys have one of the best, if not the best territory. The GN group occupies an area close to the soccer field and they rarely encounter other groups. Most of the other families have overlapping territories near the back of Yvaga Guazu, close to the mango patch. Monkeys love mangos. And I don't blame them. Mangos are awesome. But if I were a monkey, I'd much rather hang out in a much less populated area...at least until the mangos are ripe. Even though it's rare to see another titi family in my neighborhood, I do, on occasion, encounter other monkey species. Last week, I ran into a small group of Saimiri (squirrel monkeys), and earlier this morning, I noticed a few Aotus (night monkeys) hanging around near one of my favorite, freshly macheted trails.
Yvaga Guazu is a beautiful place and I am very much enjoying my time here....even though the 30 minute taxi/bus commute leaves much to be desired. The buses are usually crowded or hot. Mostly both. And our taxi driver sometimes doesn't see those impending speed-bumps, resulting in a few bumps and bruises from inside the cab. But minor transportation inconveniences are a small price to pay to work everyday in a place like this. I'm currently sitting at the far northwest corner of my family's territory, patiently/not so patiently waiting for them to re-enter Yvaga Guazu over the fence they crossed about an hour ago. Sneaky little monkeys decided to go the one way I couldn't follow them. So here I will sit. And here I will wait....comfortably reclined against one of my new favorite trees.
FUN SCIENCE FACT #13: An iguana always lands on its feet. Take that, Felidae.