Colobus Monkey

Colobus monkeys typically live in groups of 6-10 individuals, consisting of a male, a few females, and their young. Males that are not strong enough to lead a group yet will live alone or with a group of bachelors. The breeding season is strictly seasonal, usually falling during the rainy season. When a female is about to give birth, she leaves the group along with the male, they return within a day of the baby monkey’s birth. These monkeys spend a large portion of the day resting, allowing their food to digest in their ruminant-like stomachs. They spend about 30% of the day feeding in the forest canopy, before the heat of the day (they rest during the heat of the day).

Colobus Monkey

Colobus guereza kikuyuensis

Habitat: African rainforest treetops

Diet in the wild: Mainly leaves

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Hard-boiled egg, sweet potato, carrot, apple, banana, spinach, turnip greens, kale, bread, peanuts, primate diet, primate browse biscuit

Size: Average 2 ft. tall

Family: Babies are carried around on their mother’s abdomen for 8 months

Status: Least Concern

Did you know? The name “colobus” comes from the Greek word meaning “mutilated,” referring to the monkeys’ thumbs, which appear to be cut off

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