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The colobus monkey 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.

mom and baby colobus monkey

Did You Know?

No Room for Dessert: Colobus monkeys are entirely vegetarian and equipped with a three-chambered stomach to help digest large amounts of leaves.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Colobus guereza

Central and eastern Africa


1.7 to 1.9 ft

14 yrs

Zoo Location:
Gorilla World

Primarily leaves, some fruit