Our Trio of Colobus Monkey

DESCRIPTION

Black-and-white colobus monkeys belong to the subfamily Colobinae. Four different species of black-and- white colobus monkey are recognized; the guereza (Colobus guereza), Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis), Guinea forest black colobus (Colobus polykomos) and the satanic black colobus (Colobus satanas). Black-and-white colobus monkeys are found across equatorial Africa.

HABITAT

Guereza monkeys are found in a diversity of habitats including primary and secondary deciduous forest, montane forest, lowland swamp, coastal forest, moist savanna and gallery forest.

DIET

In the wild: Leaves, stems, bark, flowers, buds, shoots, fruits and some aquatic plants. In one study area, young leaves of the hackberry tree (Celtis durandii) are the food of choice for guereza monkeys.

At the zoo: Monkey chow and a leafy diet with daily browse (herbaceous plants).

WHERE DO THEY LIVE?

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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