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Red Colobus Monkeys

Red Colobus Monkeys:

A recent study suggests that Red Colobus Monkeys, a rare and endangered population of monkeys found in various regions of Africa are facing threats to their survival and are at risk of becoming extinct.

  • These monkeys act as “indicator species,” meaning their presence and well-being reflect the overall health of the forest ecosystem.
  • Colobines are primarily leaf-eaters.
  • They also play a vital role in seed dispersal, contributing to the regeneration of diverse plant life.
  • Their unique digestive system allows them to consume and disperse seeds, ensuring the continuation of various plant species.
  • Across Africa, there are 17 red colobus species (18 if subspecies are counted), spanning from Senegal to the Zanzibar Archipelago.
  • 14 of them are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.