National Zoo & Aquarium

Hello! I’m A Black-and-white Colobus

The name ‘Colobus’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘mutilate one’ because unlike other monkeys Black and white Colobus do not have any thumbs. This may be an adaptation for quick movements through the trees.

Eating mainly leaves and vegetation, Colobus monkeys have specialised stomachs that are divided into two regions; the upper stomach digests the leaves with the help of bacteria, while the lower uses acid to complete the process. Stomach contents can make up to a quarter of an adult Colobus’s weight.

The National Zoo & Aquarium is home to 6 Colobus Monkeys. The zoo is part of a regional breeding program for Colobus Monkeys.

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Black-and-white Colobus

CONSERVATION STATUS Lower Risk
DISTRIBUTION Across Central and Eastern Africa
SIZE 9.3–13.5kg (male), 7.8–9.2kg (female)
LIFE SPAN 20–29 years
GESTATION 6 months

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Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

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