Colobus, Eastern Black and White
Colobus guereza kikuyuensis
Lives in trees of any forest type found in central Africa. They typically inhabit the canopies and only very rarely come to the ground.
Species Survival Plan, Least concern though numbers are declining
Mainly leaves, which they digest using a large, multi-chambered stomach. Though they ingest mostly leaves, they also eat a lot of fruits, other foliage, and the occasional invertebrate.
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Ranges through Central Africa
Height: 51 - 71 cm (20 - 28 in)
Weight: 3.6 - 9 kg (8 - 20 lb)
The Eastern black and white colobus has an exotic black coat with long fringes of white fur on its sides and tail. Interestingly, only adults display this colouration as babies have bright white fur.
Females remain in the group of their birth for life, meaning that mothers and daughters have life-long relationships. Colubus monkeys take turns sleeping at night so that at least one individual is awake at all times, to watch for predators. Territories are vigorously defended by males with leaps and cries, hand-to-hand communication, roars, and occasional chasing and fighting. Displays of their white fringe fur flapping up and down serve as a warning to other monkeys.
Deforestation is the main concern of this arboreal primate.