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.
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.