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Environmental Science Term Project Colobus Monkeys Introduction The colobus monkey is a medium-sized monkey that lives in the western central and eastern regions of Africa The colobus weight is between 12-32 lbs and is 18-27 long There are eight species of colobus monkeys that include many sub-species of the animal Of which include the black-and-white colobus monkey colobus guereza and the red colobus monkey piliocolobus The colobus live in troops of various sizes with no true order of power A strong male though acts as the lead animal in the group The Zanzibar Red Colobus have one of the more intricate systems of primates They live in large groups of about 30 with around six males in each group The groups often split up into smaller packs and then reunite at a later time This is not a social system regularly seen among these animals What is probably the most intriguing fact is that the colobus does not have any thumbs Instead of having the extra digit they have a small bump where it should be This is the reason that it was given the name colobus which in Greek means mutilated one The lack of a thumb is probably an adaptation so that the colobus is able to move quickly from tree to tree To make up for their lack of thumbs the colobus shapes the rest of its fingers into a powerful hook to grab onto trees more surely The colobus also makes up for its deficiency by having powerful hind legs which give them their incredible leaping ability Other characteristics of the colobus monkey are the callouses on its backside The callouses allow the animals to sit for long periods of time on branches without any discomfort The colobus stomach is also enlarged and separated into compartments with special fermenting bacteria in order to ferment leaves Although their stomach is especially designed for eating leaves the colobus
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