THE NAT­U­RAL WON­DERS OF THE ISLES OF SAL­VA­TION

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TUFTED CAPUCHIN ( Sa­pa­jus apella) – Sci­en­tists are study­ing the ways these small, brown-furred mon­keys cre­ate tools to gather their fa­vorite foods: fruits, flow­ers, in­sects and some­times frogs. Their light faces and bel­lies, con­trasted with their dark heads, re­minded Span­ish ex­plor­ers of the hoods of Capuchin monks.

COM­MON SQUIR­REL MON­KEY ( Saimiri sci­ureus) – These small, grey-furred mon­keys have yel­low­ish limbs and ex­pres­sive faces; they were once pop­u­larly sold as pets. They’re very so­cial and in­quis­i­tive, and usu­ally quiet, ex­cept when they feel threat­ened or are ready to start a fight.

SCAR­LET IBIS ( Eu­docimus ru­ber) – This bril­liant red wad­ing bird is closely re­lated to Amer­i­can white ibis; they’re iden­ti­cal ex­cept color. Their bod­ies are en­tirely or­ange-red, ex­cept the vivid black ends of their curved bills and their wingtips.

RED-RUMPED AGOUTI ( Dasyprocta lep­o­rina) – These gi­ant, for­est-dwelling ro­dents reach a weight of 14 pounds and a length of 25 inches. Their brown fur is marked with black spots on the up­per body, but fades to a lighter or­ange from the mid­sec­tion to the rear. In the wild, they’re shy and live on fruit, roots, nuts and the oc­ca­sional egg.

BLACK MAS­TIFF BAT ( Molos­sus ru­fus) – These black-bod­ied bats with foot-long wing­spans can live in colonies of up to 500 mem­bers, roost­ing in build­ings and trop­i­cal forests. They’re fast and ma­neu­ver­able fliers, feed­ing on in­sects they usu­ally catch in mid-flight.

GREEN IGUANA ( Iguana iguana) – These tree-dwelling rep­tiles, which can grow to more than 6 feet long, seem like pre­his­toric mon­sters. In fact, they’re calm her­bi­vores who en­joy swim­ming and bask­ing in the sun. In some coun­tries they’ve be­come rare be­cause, as “tree chick­ens,” they’re hunted for meat.

WEST IN­DIAN MANATEE ( Trichechus man­a­tus) – The gen­tle sea cow is quite large (av­er­ag­ing 10 feet long) but sur­pris­ingly skilled as a swim­mer, some­times do­ing bar­rel rolls in the shal­low rivers and coastal seas it calls home. Its slow, sur­face-swim­ming habit makes it vul­ner­a­ble to power­boat ac­ci­dents and hunters.

MA­CHETE SAVANE ( Chi­ro­nius car­i­na­tus) – You might be in­tim­i­dated to see a 10-foot-long large-eyed snake with a golden-brown body and dis­tinc­tive yel­low belly lurk­ing in the low branches of the for­est, but don’t be. The ma­chete savane is non-ven­omous and shy. It’s also known as a vine snake, and feeds al­most en­tirely on frogs.

Scar­let ibis

West In­dian manatee

Squir­rel mon­key

Red-rumped agouti

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