Grantee Spotlight: Conservation Grant – Jose Lopez Cruz

PROJECT UPDATE: Spatial distribution of the mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) in relation to the plant structure in the Santa Emilia mountains, Danlí, Honduras.

JJ Cruz:, Escuela de Biología, UNAH.

The Santa Emilia mountain (photo 1) is part of the “Macizo Montañoso Apaguíz-Apapuerta” a protected area of the Honduran Protected Areas System, which hosts a number of species of fauna and flora native to the country, including the howler monkey (Alouatta palliata; photo 2). This mountain is located an hour from the municipality of Danlí; known as the city of the hills (“Ciudad de Las Colinas”), in the eastern part of the country in the department of El Paraíso. You can find more information about the site here.. where JJ works with his guide Mario Contreras, an expert in local fauna and flora (photo 3; Contreras left, Cruz right).