Colobus Monkey Essay

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Colobus Monkey



In Africa there are many types of animals, one of them is the Colobus Monkey. There are
different types of Colobus Monkeys: there is the white Colobus, the red Colobus, and the
olive Colobus. The Colobus Monkey is a long tailed tree living primate. The Colobus
Monkey can be found all over Africa. The Monkey’s hair color varies from were the live.
The Colobus Monkey is very unique. It comes in many types of color, is very active in
social behavior and is very smart as shown in their lifestyle.

The Colobus Monkey comes in many unique colors. The black and white Colobus is found
across the equator of Africa. There are five species, among which the color varies from
all black to a skunklike black and white pattern. Black and white Colobus monkeys weigh
up to nine kg, or twenty pounds. They live in small social groups of about ten animals,
that includes one adult male plus females and their offspring.

The red Colobus Monkey is found across Africa from Zanzibar to Senegal. Their color is
highly variable, ranging from a bright white and red in the monkeys of Eastern Africa to a
dark gray and orange in Western African monkeys. They also weigh up to nine kg, or twenty
pounds. Males are usually bigger than females. The red Colobus lives in large groups of
up to one hundred individuals, including mostly males. It is a major prey of the
chimpanzee in forest, where they both live.

The olive Colobus is found in the forest of coastal West Africa. It is the most drably
colored of the African Colobus Monkey, being a fairly uniform gray-brown. It weighs only
ten pounds and lives in groups of six to eight individuals. After giving birth, the
females sometimes carry their infants in their mouths. The red Colobus is a little bit
smaller than the black and white group. The olive Colobus is the smallest of all at only
four hundred fifty-mm. head and body length. “The Colobus Monkey doesn’t live in very
many places. The Colobus Monkey lives in the tropical areas and forest. They are found
in the tropical region of Africa.” (mcsd.org/webmac/schools/ogs/colobusmonk.htm) This
backups information on where the primate is located.

All three species can be grossly classified as primarily frusluogous and insectiuonous,
which means they eat mostly, flowers and fruits, although some buds and leaves are eaten
by all. “Colobus means “mutilated” it refers to the thumb. The Colobus Monkey does not
have a thumb in stead it is usually just a bump. “The name “colobus” is derived from the
Greek word “mutilated”. (home.san.rr.com/safari/animals/primates/colobusmonkey.html)
Colobus Monkeys are unusual in that they appear to have no thumbs, hence they appear
mutilated”.

The Colobus Monkey behaves actively in social behavior. Each group is dominated by a male
who spends most of the day on lookout and yells a deep roar when out of sight of the rest
of the group. Grooming plays a most important part in the monkeys. Colobus Monkeys enjoy
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