Red colobuses are Old World monkeys of the subgenus Piliocolobus in genus Procolobus. Some authors elevate Piliocolobus to a full genus, limiting Procolobus to the olive colobus. They are closely related to the black-and-white colobus monkeys (genus Colobus), and some species are often found in groups with the blue monkey. The western red colobus is frequently hunted by the common chimpanzee.
Western red colobus monkeys live in in West Africa in large groups of up to fifty members. They are leaf-eaters and use their colour vision to select the youngest leaves, since these are protein-rich and more easily digested.
The Tana River red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus), also called the eastern red colobus, is a highly endangered species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family...Read More