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PRIMATE SPECIES: Colobus Monkey



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Black & White Colobus
© Smithsonian Institute

Colobus monkeys live in Africa and travel in large family groups of 20 or more. They move through the treetops together, eating huge amounts of leaves. There most distinguishing feature is their beautiful, long tail.

The colobus has had its problems with humans, its fur being used both by Africans in traditional ceremonies, and by Europeans for coats and wraps. Fortunately, today, many countries in the world prohibit the import of endangered species products.

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