Colobus Monkey Facts!
- The name “Colobus” is derived from the Greek word for “mutilated,” because unlike other monkeys, colobus monkeys do not have thumbs.
- Colobus monkeys complex stomachs enable them to digest mature or toxic foliage that other monkeys cannot.
- Colobus babies are born completely white. They don’t start developing their distinguished black and white coat until several weeks after birth.
- When jumping from tree to tree, these monkeys can leap a distance of more than 19-7 feet!
- Colobus troops consist of multi-female families that practice allomothering. This means that all females in the troop will take turns caring for the young.