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Monkey (Black and White Colobus)

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Colobus guereza
Monkey (Black and White Colobus)


All colobus monkeys are found in central Africa.


The colobus lives most of its life in the trees (arboreal) of tropical rainforests and mountain forests.

Body Traits

Black and white colobus monkeys have long, black fur with white ruffs running down the sides of their backs to their tails. They have a long, bushy tail, with a white tip. Their tails make up half of their length, which can reach over 5-feet-long. They weigh about 30 pounds.


They live in small groups of about a dozen members of females and young, with only one male.


Colobus monkeys eat leaves, twigs, fruit, and flowers.


Predators are large cats, humans, and some birds of prey.

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Females are pregnant for 5-6 months (gestation) and have 1 baby.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

The colobus can live about 20 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - least concern.

Monkey (Black and White Colobus)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Colobinae
Genus: Colobus
Species: Colobus guereza

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