Heat Wave Causes Tragedy for Howler Monkeys in Mexico

Reported by Pushpa


Howler monkeys, a threatened species, are facing a deadly crisis in Mexico’s tropical rainforests due to extreme heat. Local reports indicate that as many as 85 monkeys have died, with temperatures soaring above 45°C.

The Environment Ministry is investigating potential causes, including heat stroke, dehydration, malnutrition, and pesticide exposure. They are also conducting studies to rule out diseases or viruses.

Most deaths have been recorded in the southern states of Chiapas and Tabasco. Wildlife preservation groups believe the extreme heat is the primary cause but are exploring other possibilities as well. COBIUS, a group working to help howler monkeys in Tabasco, has been sharing its efforts on Facebook and urging the public to provide water to any weak and dehydrated monkeys they encounter.



Tabasco’s Civil Protection agency confirmed monkey deaths in three municipalities. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, originally from Tabasco, also attributed the deaths to the intense heat, noting he had never experienced such temperatures before.

Mexico is experiencing some of its highest temperatures ever, with 10 cities, including Mexico City, hitting record highs earlier this month. Since March, the heat wave has been linked to the deaths of at least 26 people and possibly dozens or hundreds of howler monkeys.

In Tecolutilla, Tabasco, dead monkeys began appearing on Friday. Local volunteers found five monkeys in urgent need of water, fruit, and cooler temperatures.

Wildlife biologist Gilberto Pozo told The Associated Press, “Something is happening in the region in terms of climate and its degradation… A link in the ecosystem is disappearing.”

The extreme heat and drought are also affecting people. Mexico City is facing a severe water crisis, with millions experiencing a diminishing supply of fresh drinking water. Experts warn that the city is on the verge of running out of water entirely.

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