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Black-And-White Colobus Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Colobus guereza
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Primates
  • Range

    Black-and-white colobus are found across much of equatorial Africa.

  • Habitat

    They occupy the uppermost canopy of tropical forests, woodlands and wooded grassland (where they may feed and travel on the ground if there isn't a continuous pathway of trees). They can be found in lowlands and at high elevations. Black-and-white colobus are most abundant in secondary forests or along rivers.

  • Niche

    With a complex digestive system, these primates are designed to process leaves, but they also eat fruit and occasional flowers, twigs, buds, seeds, shoots and insects. Fruit makes up about a third of their diet. Black-and-white colobus are diurnal (active during the day) and arboreal (tree dwellers).

  • Life History

    • Black-and-white colobus live in troops of as many as nine individuals. Their home range is about 40 acres, including a preferred area from which other groups are chased but not permanently excluded. Visual and vocal displays occur when groups meet, and loud nocturnal and dawn choruses by adult males serve to space out groups.
    • Single young are born after a six-month gestation. Offspring are produced about every 20 months. Maturity occurs at about five years.

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