What do eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys look like?
These long-tailed monkeys have a largely black coat with a fringe of long white hairs and a large white tuft at the end of the tail.
They have just four long fingers on each hand and a bump where you'd expect to see a thumb.
Eastern black-and-white colobus facts
- Colobus monkeys spend most of their time sitting in the tops of trees but also feed and travel on the ground.
- Females invite males to mate by lip smacking.
- Babies are pure white for the first few weeks of life and later develop their black and white coats.
- The name 'colobus' means 'he cut short' and refers to the species' stumpy thumb.
- Colobus monkeys are herbivores and live high up in the canopy. They live in small groups with one male and a number of females and their offspring.
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What do eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys eat?
Leaves, fruit and flowers.
Eastern black-and-white colobus monkey habitat
Forest, woodlands, or wooded grasslands.
Where do eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys live?
What threats do eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys face?
Deforestation and hunting by eagles, leopards, chimpanzees and by humans for their skins.
Where can I find eastern black-and-white colobus monkeys at London Zoo?
You can find our troop off high-flying colobus monkeys in their Monkey Valley home.