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Colobus guereza (Rüppell, 1835)

Guereza diorama in the African Mammal Hall


 Tropical rain forest, northern Aberdare Mountains, Kenya


 John Jewett Garland

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

The guereza or black and white colobus is diurnal and lives in the uppermost branches of tropical forests and woodlands. Its thumb is greatly reduced.

This monkey has very distinctive markings and its pelt is much prized for headdresses and costumes.

Biological Information

Range map for the guereza


Equatorial Africa


Lowland to montane forest but also riverine galleries


Declining outside East Africa


Mostly leaves; some fruit and insects

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for guereza.