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Black and White Colobus Monkey

Black and white colobus monkeys (Colobus angolensis) are the only species of monkey without thumbs. The word "colobus" comes from a Greek word which means "mutilated"  and is so named because its thumb appears to be a stump.

Size: Weigh approximately 30 pounds and measure about 18-28 inches in length, not including their 20-40 inch tail.

Life Span: 20 years in the wild, 29 years in captivity

Color: Long black fur coat with a white strip running down their backs to tails. Bushy tails often exceed their length.

Continent: Africa

Range: Central Africa from Cameroon to Ethiopia and Tanzania

Habitat: Tropical Forests along river banks

Food: Leaves, buds, seeds, and occasionally fruit

Reproduction: Gestation lasts for 5 to 6 months and yields one off-spring. The babies are all white at birth.

Conservation: They are threatened because of deforestation and loss of habitat.

Fun Facts: Black and white colobus monkeys communicate vocally to their tribe to mark territory and also to alert members to danger.