Angolan Colobus

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Angola colobus[1]
Angolan colobus at the Cincinnati Zoo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Colobus
Species: C. angolensis
Binomial name
Colobus angolensis
P. Sclater, 1860
Angola Colobus range

The Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis) is an arboreal monkey that belongs to the Colobus genus. 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. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 168. ISBN 0-801-88221-4 .
  2. Kingdon, J., Struhsaker, T., Oates, J. F., Hart, J. F., Butynski, T. M., De Jong, Y. & Groves, C. P. (2008). Colobus angolensis. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 4 January 2009.