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East African Colobus Monkey

East African Colobus Monkey

Animal's Behavior

Colobus monkeys live in small groups of one to two males and three to 10 females. Often all the females in the group will help to raise the young. These animals are amazing to witness as they leap through their habitat, their long silky black and white fur flying as they make a loud rattling call.

Eating Habits

Colobus monkeys have been called somewhat sloppy eaters, but this makes them very effective at seed dispersal of the many plant species they consume.


Coastal and inland forests

Conservation Efforts

Colobus monkeys are targets for the bushmeat trade, and are threatened by logging and habitat destruction. In some areas they are still relatively abundant, but wildlife organizations are working to reduce the possibility of colobus monkeys becoming an endangered species.

Animal Facts

  • Colobus monkeys have no thumbs
  • Their newborn offspring are completely white, gaining their distinctive coloration as they mature.
  • Their incredibly beautiful silky fur makes them a prime target for trophy hunters.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

C. guereza


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Cercopithecidae, Colobinae

Place of Birth

Kenya, East Africa


Up to 30 lbs and up to 30 inches


Black and white


20 years in captivity

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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