Colobus Monkey

Scientific name

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)

Life span

A high reported of 20 years in the wild


Lowland, montane forests, and gallery forests




4 to 6 months


Leopards, large eagles, chimpanzees, humans

Live in groups of
8 to 15
There are
species of Colobus monkeys
Native to more than
African countries
Colobus Monkey


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:

Employ technology.

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.

Community Involvement
Engage local communities.

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.

Colobus Monkey
Colobus Monkey


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