Red Face

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Uakari. This species can be found along the Yavari River in the northwest of the Amazon in Peru. There is also a white-haired variant that I was able to photograph in Brazil, especially in the floating Uacari lodge in the Mamiraua reserve. The uakari can be recognized by its red face and bald head, from which it takes its name. Some people compare them to babies because of their baldness; there is no denying that this species is unique. The striking crimson color is caused by the blood flow under the skin, specifically a thinner epidermis in combination with a higher concentration of capillaries on the face. The redder the face, the healthier the monkey. Uakaris live in groups and these can be quite large: ranging from 20 to sometimes up to 50 monkeys.
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