The long black and white fur of adult colobus monkeys acts as a parachute as they jump, allowing them to jump distances of 20-25 feet in one leap. The name “colobus” comes from the Greek word for mutilated, which is a reference to the animal’s lack of a thumb that most other primates have. Colobus monkeys live in troops, typically composed of a single adult male, three to four adult females, sub-adults, and an infant. Multi-male troops and bachelor troops have been observed but are believed to be temporary.
- Conservation StatusLeast Concern
- Life span15-20 years
Body size11-32 lbs.
1.5-2.5 ft. long
- Native habitat Rainforest of central Africa