Colobus monkey

Colobus monkey Colobus guereza (ESB)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCercopithecidae
Size50-75cm
Weight6-13kg
Gestation5- 6 months
Birth1
Life-span25-30 years
Diet
vegetarian (mainly leaves but also fruit, buds and flowers)

Habitat
tropical forests

Range
Central Africa


Colobus monkeys are the largest of the Colobinae subfamily. Like other Colobinae primates, they have a compartmentalised stomach that helps them digest cellulose in the leaves they consume in great quantity. Their fur is uniformly black except around their face and at the end of their tail, where it is white. They also have a long U-shaped coat of white fur extending from the shoulders to the hindquarters.
 
Colobus monkeys live in mixed groups of 8–15. Newborns have uniformly white, curly fur, but over 3–4 months it darkens, grows and loses its ‘bumpy’ look for good.
 
The name colobus comes from the Greek kolobos, meaning ‘mutilated’. This monkey is so called because it lacks a thumb.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo