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The Andean Night Monkey, photo from Christian ArtusoThe Andean Night Monkey Night monkeys are found in the Andes range throughout South America. Night monkeys inhabit evergreen tropical rainforests and deciduous scrub forests, as well as habitat along rivers. They prefer dense middle-level canopies and understories with tangled vines that provide cover for sleeping sites. They also like hollows in old trees (Note the photo). Night monkeys eat mainly fruits, but also consume leaves, flowers, insects, tree frogs, spiders, bats, birds, and eggs. They forage for food at all levels of the forest, from the canopy down to the forest floor. Night monkeys are hunted for their meat and fur by native people and poachers and are sold as pets and used for medical research. The IUCN lists the Andean night monkey as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, because of small populations and habitat destruction from deforestation.




        Catherine McGuire

On the screen, it's always
car chases, bombs - drive-thru destruction.
Apocalypse has theme music now.
Hours of snip and paste, sound track sync'd,
tailored catastrophe, neat romance.
As we step out into air (fugue of broiling sun
or blue-white streetlamps, radiant), we ease back
into our lives (only slow by comparison)
turn IPODs to something spritely,
leave collapse behind us.
Meanwhile, data builds its slow tsunami
until even scientists send SOS.
We are not there to see their looks of dread
as data unfolds an arc of irrefutable
proportions. Like tree frogs at night
first one, then a chorus, over and over.
This is serious! But there's no theme music,
no romance, so we duck into
another theater, popcorn in hand.

Catherine McGuire is a writer and artist with a deep interest in philosophy, the big “Why we are here?” questions. She has had more than 175 poems published, including on New Verse News, Smoking Poet and Futurecycle and has a chapbook Joy Into Stillness: Seasons of Lake Quinault. She lives in Sweet Home, Oregon with her chickens and large garden.
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