Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

Colobus angolensis

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Quick Facts
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


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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