Colobus Monkey

Appearance
Colobus Monkeys are black and white, with long hair. They have long, fluffy tails, at least as long as their bodies. There are two species of Colobus found in Kenya - see the individual Galleries for descriptions.

Longevity
A single Colobus is born with completely white skin that takes several weeks to turn to the recognisable black and white. It will be fed by any female member of the troop, not just its own mother. Colobus Monkeys live for around 20 years in captivity. Less, in the wild.

Predators
Colobus Monkeys are predated by Leopards and Eagles. Human beings used to hunt them for their meat and their beautiful coats. Today, we are robbing them of their natural habitat, by building roads and settlements. Logging destroys their habitat.

Behaviour
Colobus Monkeys are seen in groups of a male, with a harem of females. Colobus spend the vast majority of their time in trees, rarely coming to the ground. They can jump huge distances through the trees, up to 20 feet, even while holding a baby.

Diet
Colobus Monkeys are generally 'omnivorous' (they eat plant and animal matter), although their main diet is herbs, leaves and fruit. They eat selectively, only taking leaves from around six species of tree. When eating fruit, they disperse the seeds in other areas, 'working' with the tree.

Other Colobus Monkey Facts
Colobus Monkeys are named after the Greek word 'kolobus', meaning 'docked' or 'mutilated', due to their not having thumbs, like other Monkeys.

Photographs
Photographed along Kenya's Burguret River (below Mount Kenya) and at Colobus Conservation, Ukunda.

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