Project Description

Black And White Colobus Monkey

Colobus guereza

Animal Class: Mammals

Length: 3-5 1/2 feet (body = 17–28 inches; tail = 20–39 inches)

Weight: 15 – 30 pounds

Life Span: 20 years in the wild

Diet: Wild: leaves, stems, bark, flowers, buds, shoots, fruits and some aquatic plants. Zoo: leafy diet and monkey chow

Habitat: The black and white colobus is found in diverse regions of equatorial Africa. They are the most arboreal of all African monkeys and seldom descend from the trees.

Colobus have long, glossy black fur with a white U-shaped mantle of fur on the back and a white tip on the tail. They have a ring of white fur around their faces. Their faces are hairless with gray skin. Colobus are known for their fluffy, long tails which are 1 1/3 as long as their bodies. They have 4 fingers and no thumbs (only a small stub where the thumb would usually be), which provides a strong grasp on branches as they move through the trees. The name “colobus” means “mutilated one” and refers to the missing thumb.

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