Leaves
Leaves

King Colobus Monkey

Zoo Location: Forest
King Colobus Monkey
Habitat

Forest and wooded grassland.

Wild Diet

Mainly leaves, some fruit and seeds.

Behaviour

Because they eat mainly leaves which have a low food value, these monkeys have to eat throughout the day. These leaves are fermented and digested in their unusually large stomachs.

Breeding

A single youngster is born after a gestation of approximately 180 days (6 months). They are pure white at birth, developing black markings at one month.

Threats

Habitat destruction and hunting for food.

Conservation

There is a European zoos' Endangered species Programme (EEP) for this monkey.

King Colobus Monkey King Colobus Monkey

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Colobus polykomos
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Cercopithecidae
  • Conservation status: Vulnerable