Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

Colobus angolensis

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Quick Facts
Height:
Weight:
Body: 20" to 24"; Tail: 23" to 28"
Male: 19 to 31 pounds; Female: 14 to 22 pounds
Wild diet: Young leaves, old leaves, floral buds, fruits, and seeds
Zoo Diet: High-fiber chow, lettuce, spinach, parsley, carrots, sweet potatoes, alfalfa
Distribution: Fairly common in Equatorial Africa, ranging from Eastern Nigeria to Tanzania
Habitat: Dry to moist forest, secondary forests, and forests along rivers, in highlands and lowlands

Eat your salad!

A colobus monkey's diet consists of 80% leaves and about 15% fruit. Why only 15% fruit? Because in the forest, where these colobus monkeys live, fruit is seasonal. So when fruit is not in season, these monkeys eat a lot of leaves to meet their dietary needs.

Description

What is black and white, weighs about thirty pounds, and lives in trees? No, it is not a giant, arboreal skunk—it’s a colobus monkey! One of the most distinctive of all primates, the colobus’ dramatic coloration is a beautiful sight against the deep green background of central Africa’s rain forests. They have long, thick hair, with a cape-like trim of white for a dramatic appearance. Finishing the look is a two-foot-plus long tail, ending in a fluffy tip of white.

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  • Listed as "least concern" in the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

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