, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 551–555 | Cite as

Adoption in free-ranging red howler monkeys,Alouatta seniculus of Venezuela

  • Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
  • Rasanayagam Rudran
Short Communication


This report describes three cases of infant adoption in red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) of Venezuela. In one case, a lactating female adopted her infant granddaughter after the infant's mother disappeared and the infant survived for the next 25 months. In the second case, an adult female adopted her infant granddaughter for nine days while the infant's mother was still a group member. In the third case, a nulliparous female temporarily adopted an infant from a neighboring group. The details and the possible reasons for these adoption are described.

Key Words

Adoption Kin-relation Red howlers Alouatta seniculus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rasanayagam Rudran
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Conservation and Research Center, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian InstitutionFront RoyalU. S. A.
  2. 2.Red Howler Project, c/o FPMCalabozoVenezuela

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