When it comes to Yellow Fever, conserving howler monkeys saves lives [5 years ago] #MongabayHistorical
Abundant and diverse wildlife help people in many ways: for example bees pollinate plants, birds and mammals disperse seeds, bats control pest populations, and both plants and animals have produced life-saving medicines and technological advances. But how could howler monkeys save people from a Yellow Fever outbreak? A new study in the open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science explores the link between howler monkeys, mosquitoes, and humans during a recent yellow fever outbreak in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Spread by mosquitoes, yellow fever led to the deaths of 2,000 howler monkeys in the Atlantic Forest , including two separate species—the black-and-gold howler monkey (Alouatta caraya ) and the brown howler monkey (Alouatta guariba clamitans )—and seven people in 2008 and 2009. However, the howler monkeys may have saved lives, according to the paper....