Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Colobus Monkey


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Colobus guereza
PROFILE:

Colobus monkeys spend much of their time up high in the trees. Ours are more likely to be on the ground than wild colobus monkeys, since they do not have any ground predators here at the Zoo! They have sacculated stomachs; the sack-like compartments of their stomachs contain bacteria, which help them break down tough leaf matter, giving them more calories for jumping through the trees! While not endangered, colobus monkeys are threatened in parts of their range due to deforestation and hunting.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Cercopthecidae (Old World monkeys)
NATIVE TO:
Forested regions of central Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Folivore (leaf eater); although they do eat other parts of plants.
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 25 years; zoos - up to 30+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Colobus generally live in groups of up to 15 individuals, which consist of one adult male, a few adult females, and juvenile animals with usually one infant.
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