Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

The Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza) comes from eastern Africa, in countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

The Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey is large, black and white, with a very long hairy tail.

They grow to about 61 centimetres (24 inches). The tail is as long as its body and head, totalling another 61 centimetres. The tail has a white tuft at its end.

Colobus Monkey

Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

The Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey is herbivorous, eating leaves, fruit, flowers, and grass.

They are territorial and live in forests in groups of about nine individuals, with one male and lots of females.

Females are pregnant for six months before giving birth. Baby monkeys are looked, or mothered, after by many members of the group. When there are many mothers looking after one baby, it is called allomothering.

Colobus means docked, which refers to their stump, or short, thumb.

The Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey uses quadrupedal locomotion, like all monkeys and apes. Quadrupedal locomotion means that they move on all four limbs. They also take short leaps from branch to branch in the trees. They are primarily arboreal, which means that they live in trees.

They are diurnal, so they are active mainly during the day. They spend half of their day resting, and a lot of time feeding.

They are eaten by leopards and large eagles. They can live up to 20-30 years in the wild.

Colobus Monkey

Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

Eastern Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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