black-and-white colobus are Old World monkeys of the genus Colobus, native to Africa. They are closely related to the brown colobus monkeys of genus Piliocolobus. Two types of black-and-white colobus monkeys are found in Kenya, those that inhabit coastal forests and those in inland, high-country areas. Red colobus monkeys are also found in East Africa but are quite rare.
Two other types of colobus monkeys in Africa are the black and the olive. The colobus monkey lives in all types of closed forests, including montane and gallery forests. Bamboo stands are also popular dwelling spots for the colobus. Colobus monkeys spend almost their entire lives up in the branches, rarely touching the ground. Unlike other primates, colobus monkeys’ cow-like stomachs allow them to subsist on a leafy diet. They don’t even need to come down for water, finding enough in the treetops to survive.
Black and white colobus make their home high in the trees of a variety of tropical African forests.Black and white colobus monkeys spend their days eating, relaxing, and socializing with each other, generally without squabbling. Males defend their group and its territory from others with roars, tongue-clicks, chases, and an unusual stiff-legged display.
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