Black and White Colobus
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.
Description: 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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