Colobus guereza at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Eastern colobus monkey or the ''Mantled guereza' (Colobus guereza) spends most of its time feeding in the canopy and rarely comes down to the ground. Its reduced thumbs allow the monkey to form a hook-like grip which aids in swinging as it travels from tree to tree. It is also an expert leaper, using its long tail as an ‘air-brake.”


Length: 1.7 to 1.9 ft

Weight: 18 to 30 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 20 yrs

Habitat: Forest

Diet: Primarily leaves, some fruit

Range: Central and Eastern Africa



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