During Mexico heat wave, howler monkeys succumb to the heat

Authorities Investigating Deaths of Howler Monkeys in Mexico Due to Extreme Heat

Mexico City, Mexico – Howler monkeys in Mexico are dying, and authorities are looking into whether the cause is extreme heat, as reported on Monday. The environment ministry stated that potential causes being considered include “heat stroke, dehydration, malnutrition, or fumigation of crops with pesticides.” Studies will be conducted to rule out the possibility of a virus or disease.

In regions like Chiapas and Tabasco, temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) have been recorded where the deaths of these endangered species have been reported. While the exact number of Howler monkeys that have died has not been disclosed, a Tabasco-based wildlife preservation group, COBIUS, noted “mass deaths.”

The organization mentioned, “It’s very likely due to climatic reasons but we cannot rule out other important causes.” They also advised the public to provide water to weak monkeys suffering from heat or dehydration. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who comes from Tabasco, emphasized extreme heat as a probable cause.

Patrols are being conducted by authorities and conservationists to provide water and food, particularly fruits, to assist the monkeys in staying hydrated, as stated by the Tabasco Civil Protection Institute. Further investigations will continue to determine the cause of the deaths of these Howler monkeys.

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