Angolan colobus

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Angola colobus
Angolan colobus at the Cincinnati Zoo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Colobus
Binomial name
Colobus angolensis
Angola Colobus range

The Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis) is an arboreal monkey that belongs to the Colobus genus.[2] They have no thumbs, which is not normal among primates. This allows them to shape their fingers into a winging hook. They eat leaves, fruit, and seeds.

Appearance[change | change source]

Angolan colobus monkeys have glossy, black fur covers much of the body, but contrasts with short, white hair surrounding the face, a u-shaped, cape-like mantle of long white hair that extends down the shoulders and across the lower back, and a bushy white tuft to the tip of the tail. Colobus monkeys typically can weigh 2 lbs and grow over 2 feet long. Their lifespan is 20 to 30 years in the wild.

Habitat and distribution[change | change source]

Colobus monkeys live in the trees of the African savannah and tropical forests.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kingdon J. et al (2008). Colobus angolensis. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 4 January 2009.
  2. Groves C; Wilson D.E. and Reeder D.M. (eds) 2005. Mammal species of the world. 3rd ed, Johns Hopkins University Press, 168. ISBN 0-801-88221-4