Geographical Range Central Africa
Habitat Forests, wooded grasslands
Scientific Name Colobus guereza
Conservation Status Threatened

These monkeys are found throughout the forests of central Africa. Because the leaves they eat are low in calories and thus deliver less energy, colobus monkeys adapt by reducing their activity level. They also have a "sacculated" stomach that helps ferment bacteria and digest leaf matter.

Infants are born white with a pink face. Mothers allow other females to hold their infants soon after birth. Colobus live in small to large groups with single or multiple adult males.

Did You Know?

Some types of colobus monkey are in danger of extinction (see Conservation Status).

Baby Colobus

A male black and white colobus monkey, was born at the Zoo on December 29, 2017. The baby, Hawthorn, and his family can be seen at the Primate House during regular Zoo hours.

Colobus live in multi-female families and take turns caring for newborns, which is called allomothering. Cecelia, 18, is the dominant female and an experienced mother who is taking great care of the newborn, as well as her 1-year-old daughter, Willow. Also in the family, or troop, are brothers Ziggy and Simon, ages 2 and 3, and their half-sister, Binti, age 4. Eleven-year-old father Kima can be seen watching stoically over his family and interacting with the youngsters.