Red Colobus Monkey (Procolobus badius)
of these monkeys
varies from light orange to orange-red. The young of either sex
have colourings that mimic
that of the female
to prevent the adult male
s evicting them from the group.
They exist in mixed groups of between 60 and 80 monkeys or groups of 8 to 40 males. As the monkey consumes mainly young shoots
s, they can be found in the low canopy
s. The main concentrations are central and eastern Africa. However, one of the few places you can actually get up close to these rare
monkeys is on the island of Zanzibar
, just off of the east coast
. There is a large reserve in the Jozani forest
where the monkeys roam freely.
In my opinion
it was a really amazing experience to be able to get that close to animal
s in the wild
, and see them in their natural habitat
. However, I was in Zanzibar in 1996 and things may have changed somewhat since then due to increases in tourism !
Oh, and beware of the "Zanzibar leopard
" last seen a long time ago, but still used to amuse the visitor