Birth of a colobus monkey
Our family of colobus monkey (Colobus guereza) has recorded a birth on February 14, bringing to 6 the number of individuals housed at the zoo. The female and her young are doing well but the sex of the baby is still unknown.
Colobus monkeys have a wide range: they occur from the tropical forests of Nigeria in West Africa to the highlands of Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania in East Africa.
Height subspecies are currently recognized. Although colobus monkeys are quite abundant at a global scale (most of the subspecies are listed “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List), some subspecies are locally threatened. This is the case for Colobus guereza percivali whom restricted range to the Matthews mountains in Kenya and the high level of hunting for its skin classify it as “Endangered”.
Foliage and leaves are Colobus monkeys’ main food even if they also eat fruits, leaf buds and blossoms.
The dominant male generally has an exclusive access to the females of his group when they are in estrus. After a gestation period of a little over 5 months, the female gives birth to a single white-haired infant whom curly hair starts to darken on the face and the ears from 3 weeks of age.