Colobus monkey Colobus guereza (ESB)
Gestation5- 6 months
vegetarian (mainly leaves but also fruit, buds and flowers)
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 evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW