|One big happy titi family!|
|Baby on Daniel's back|
The GN male, Daniel, is by far my favorite of the group. During the whole G4/GN confusion, I started calling him Mufasa because of his red color and fluffy "mane." Also I just really like "The Lion King." At first, he didn't trust me. At all. He would do everything in his power to steer clear of me and my binoculars. His favorite trick was to climb down to a lower level in the canopy and disappear into a viney thicket...clearly out of my visual reach. Eventually, I gained his trust. Or his apathy. Not sure which exactly. But either way, he doesn't seem to mind me or my binoculars or my camera now, even coming down to rest on a relatively low branch. Perfect photo op - thanks Dan!
|GN's handsome male, Daniel|
|Carmen and Daniel vocalizing/tail twining|
Our little titi juvenile, Esperanzo, has always been curious about me. Coming down form the tree tops to look at me, jumping back and forth between branches right above my head, staring at me for extended periods of time. Such a cutie. Always wanting to play with mom and dad, never wanting to sit still and be groomed, this little monkey has a big personality. Most times, he sticks pretty close to mom and dad, but there have been a few times of solo exploration by Esperanzo...never straying too far though. There was one instance, when our male/female/juvenile trio was foraging on some Lauraceae fruits, and Daniel and Carmen continued down the trail without the little juvenile noticing. They went all the way down past the soccer fields and across the fence before Esperanzo realized his parents were gone! After a few desperate vocalizations on the part of the juvenile, mom and dad came back over the fence into Yvaga Guazu, and the reunited family happily rested in one of their favorite trees.
|Crazy little Esperanzo...|
It's only been two weeks of official data collection, but I'm already in love with GN. Even though I don't get to see everyone all the time (Kahlua and Jazzy J - I'm talkin' to you), who and what I do get to see is both highly entertaining and educational. I'm so excited to be here working with the Titi Monkey Project, and I can't wait to watch my new little titi baby grow up! (PS tiny titi name TBD...)