Colobus Monkey

Our Colobus Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Colobus Monkey (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Colobus Monkey
Colobus Monkey
Colobus guereza

Life Span
Wild: 20 years
Captivity: 30 years
22-24 inches
Average Weight
Females: 17-21 lbs
Males: 20-30 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Colobus Monkey, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Their name comes from the Greek word ”kolobos” which means maimed or mutilated because, unlike other monkeys, they have no thumbs.
  • Colobus monkeys are “Old World Monkeys”. Old World monkeys are those from either Africa or Asia. Of the monkeys found in Africa, colobus are the most arboreal. This means that the majority of their time is spent in the trees rather than on the ground.
  • Colobus monkeys communicate though various vocalizations. Some Locals believe that weather can be predicted based on the colobus monkeys. If they fall silent, then a storm is on its way.
  • They have multi-chambered stomachs. This helps them process and digest the large amount of leaves and unripe fruit they consume.
  • They prefer unripe fruit since there is less competition. Many of the other animals in their habitat prefer to eat ripe fruit.

Did You Know?

Colobus monkeys are easily recognized by their distinctive black and white fur. However, infant colobus monkeys are born almost entirely white. They do not gain their adult coloration until after about 3 or 4 months of age.