The Rare White Bald-headed Uakari, Middle Solimões - Amazonia

The white uakari, considered vulnerable to extinction, is one of the lesser photographed new world monkeys. Unstudied until 1986, the white uakari is found only in the remote Mamirauà reserve, in the heart of Amazonia. Agile and active, it lives in groups of 25-50 individuals. The white uakari is considered strictly arboreal, because of the flooding of the forests, but in the dry season I have spot some individuals on the ground looking for seeds. In one week in the reserve I have spotted this rare monkey only twice and, in order to take photos of it, I had to move from the river in the forest (probably in the place with the largest number of blood-sucking mosquitoes species in the world) where the white uakari was high on tree tops: one of the most difficult task I have experienced in the wild.

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