Our Colobus Monkeys

DESCRIPTION

· Colobus means mutilated in Greek

· They have 4 fingers and a missing thumb. Where the thumb is supposed to be there is a stub that looks as if it were mutilated.

· They have difficulty digesting sugars or sucrose so they only eat vegetables, assortment of leaves, and monkey biscuits which contain all required daily essential nutrients that they would need to forage for in the wild. High acidity levels in their stomachs give them the ability to digest leaves that are toxic to other primates

· Nickname is the Skunk Monkey

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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