Western red colobus

They have complex stomachs that allow them to digest mature or toxic foliage that other monkeys cannot

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Western red colobus appeared in a red or chestnut-brown coat on their head and limbs and black, slatey-grey, or dark brown upperparts. One of the most notable characteristics is their V-shaped nostrils. They live in the trees and rarely descend to the forest floor.

The common chimpanzees often hunt them; as a result, they infect many chimpanzees with the Ebola virus. Western red colobus was classified as Endangered in 2020. They are affected by commercial and subsistence hunting as they are common victims of the bushmeat trade. Human intrusion and disturbances such as war and military exercises also have impacted this species’ range since 1989.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Côte D’ivoire
97,000
EN
2020
Gambia
2,500
EN
2020
Guinea-Bissau
2020
Guinea
2020
Liberia
2020
Senegal
2020
Sierra Leone
5,000
EN
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No