Squirrel Monkey weighs up to about 1 kg. They live in primary and
secondary forests and cultivated areas. Disturbed habitats are advantageous
because of their greater supply of preferred food - insects (such as grasshoppers)
and fruit. They rarely travel on the ground and are most active in the
morning and late afternoon. They have large group sizes (40 - 70 individuals)
in continuous forest. They are non-aggressive and egalitarian - neither
males nor females appear to be dominant. Females are usually the ones
who disperse to another troop. The Central American squirrel monkey has
always been restricted to the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and Panama.
They have already declined drastically due to clearing of forests. Currently,
deforestation and habitat fragmentation due to agriculture and tourism
development are the major causes of decline. Insecticide spraying, the
pet trade and electrocution from electric power lines have also adversely
affected these squirrel monkeys.
Cabrini-Green Projects, Chicago
The child, age two, hammocked in the half
moon of his mother's arms, is locked
in palsy, yet moves an eyelid as I ask,
moves the other as his mother answers,
application form interrogation.
The father was a white policeman.
"Curiosity," the mother says. "No more.
I didn't go with him for money."
Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago
Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in
St. Louis. A Pushcart nominee, he has had poems published in The
Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina
Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Public
Republic (Bulgaria), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary
Review (Turkey), Calliope Nerve, Rivets, Pig
in a Poke, Deuce Coupe, Asphodel Madness, Pirene's
Fountain (Australia) and other publications.