Black and white colobus

Theme area:  Pórtico de la Naturaleza
Scientific name:  Colobus guereza
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Herbivore
Weight:  5 - 15 kg
Size:  45 - 75 cm
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A primate in black and white

Colobus guereza is found in various regions of equatorial Africa. This species is found in the rainforest.

It has only four fingers on each hand, the thumb being absent or represented by a small knuckle that sometimes bears a nail. The loss of the thumb may be an adaptation for rapid movements through trees.

Their saculate stomachs and highly efficient extraction of nutrients from their food allow them to survive on a less nutritious diet than monkeys lacking bacterial fermentation.

They live in sexually mixed groups averaging 8 to 15 individuals, usually with only one adult male and three or four breeding females, adolescents and infants. Sometimes, several males are present in mixed groups, but only temporarily. They breed every 20 months and the female gives birth to a young after six months of gestation.

The population size of black and white monkeys is currently declining in many localities due to hunting and deforestation by humans.

Conservation status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


their lack of thumbs makes them more agile in jumping from branch to branch?
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