Angolan black-and-white colobus (Colobus angolensis) <br /> Eastern black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza)
4 to 14 kilograms (11 to 30 pounds)
Up to approx. 75 centimeters long (30 inches)
A high reported of 20 years in the wild
Lowland, montane forests, and gallery forests
4 to 6 months
Leopards, large eagles, chimpanzees, humans
Hunting led to the colobus’s extermination in some areas.
At one time this species was hunted excessively for its beautiful fur. Its skin has been used to make dance costumes, hats, and capes.
The biggest threat to the colobus today is habitat loss.
As human populations are growing and expanding, forests are cut down to make room for agriculture, settlements, and roads. They are rapidly losing their homes as unsustainable development progress.
Our solutions to protecting the colobus monkey:
African Wildlife Foundation’s scientists use technology — like Geographic Information System (GIS) — to identify key threats to conservation and pinpoint areas that have the most potential for wildlife. Once scientists have identified these areas, we can work with communities and governments to set them aside for wildlife.
AWF works with pastoralist people to develop appropriate sustainable solutions for agricultural and settlement growth by providing training on best practices and incentivizing conservation when appropriate, like in the Congo where we provided pastoralists with increased seed varieties and new planting techniques. This allows for maximized productivity and less wasted land, leading to increased food and economic security for people and more space for this monkey.