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Angola colobus
Angolan colobus at the Cincinnati Zoo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Colobus
Binomial name
Colobus angolensis
Angola colobus range

The Angola colobus (Colobus angolensis) is an arboreal monkey that belongs to the Colobus genus. They have no thumbs, which is not normal among primates. This allows them to shape their fingers into a winging hook.

Appearance

Angolan colobus monkeys have glossy, black fur covers much of the body, but contrasts with short, white hair surrounding the face, a u-shaped, cape-like mantle of long white hair that extends down the shoulders and across the lower back, and a bushy white tuft to the tip of the tail. Colobus monkeys typically can weigh 2 lbs and grow over 2 feet long. Their lifespan is 20 to 30 years in the wild.

Diet

The diet of the Angola colobus consists of about two thirds of leaves and one third of fruit and seeds. The East Tanzanian population lives mainly on ripe fruit, supplemented with full-grown leaves.

Habitat and distribution

Colobus monkeys live in the trees of the African savannah and tropical forests.

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