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Black and white colobus monkey

Black and white colobus monkey

On a hiking trip in Tanzania, especially in the area around Mount Meru, you will surely encounter the black and white colobus monkey. Or black and white guereza as it is also called. And if you choose to stay at wonderful Ngare Sero, you have them outside your room. Here live some families with black and white colobus monkey.

They have a fascinatingly dense and long coat – as if dogs are jumping around in the trees. The beautiful black fur stands out from their long white coat- They have whiskers, beards around the face and a silky long, bushy tail.

If you make your hiking trip from March to July, you can see small white fluffy balls jumping around in the trees. The children are all white before they change their fur.

Colobus = mutilated

The word “colobus” comes from the Greek word for “mutilated”. Unlike other monkeys, the colobus monkey lacks a thumb. Its long hands help them move easily from tree to tree.

The main diet of black and white colobus is leaves, fruits, flowers and twigs. They spend most of their lives on trees but can sometimes be found on the ground traveling, grooming and looking for food.

Their complex digestive system is a competitive factor that has allowed them to occupy places not favorable to other primates and competitors in the food chain. And because the seeds are not digested, they pass right through the body and spread seeds naturally.

Lives in groups

Black and white Colobus monkeys live in groups of about nine to fifteen individuals in one territory. Most often dictated, the group is ruled by a single alpha male with a number of females and their young. When a baby colobus is born, the responsibility rests with all female members to care for the young, not just the mother.

Predators and dangers

The black and white Colobus monkeys sometimes become prey for predators such as leopards. The biggest threat to them, however, is the illegal hunting of meat and skins, the illegal felling of forests and the destruction of human habitats for settlement.

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