Angola colobus

species of mammal

The Angola colobus (Colobus angolensis) is an arboreal monkey that belongs to the Colobus genus.[2] They have no thumbs, which is not normal among primates. This allows them to shape their fingers into a winging hook. They eat leaves, fruit, and seeds.

Angola colobus
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Angolan colobus at the Cincinnati Zoo
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Colobus angolensis
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Angola colobus range


Angolan colobus monkeys have glossy, black fur covers much of the body, but contrasts with short, white hair surrounding the face, a u-shaped, cape-like mantle of long white hair that extends down the shoulders and across the lower back, and a bushy white tuft to the tip of the tail. Colobus monkeys typically can weigh 2 lbs and grow over 2 feet long. Their lifespan is 20 to 30 years in the wild.

Habitat and distributionEdit

Colobus monkeys live in the trees of the African savannah and tropical forests.


  1. Kingdon J.; et al. (2008). "Colobus angolensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  2. Groves C; Wilson D.E. and Reeder D.M. (eds) 2005. Mammal species of the world. 3rd ed, Johns Hopkins University Press, 168. ISBN 0-801-88221-4