It’s All Black and White

Don’t be fooled by their serious-looking expressions, the Calgary Zoo’s eastern black and white colobus monkeys know how to have fun. Watch our troop swinging and leaping effortlessly between branches. When they stop for a rest, you can fully appreciate their beautiful and distinctive black-and-white fur. Fringes of white along their sides look like capes and their long tails end in a fluffy tip of white. 

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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Breeding Species on the Brink

The Calgary Zoo cooperates with other accredited zoos across North America in managed breeding programs, called Species Survival Plans, for many species.

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Black and white colobus choose quality over quantity when it comes to food. That’s because their three-part stomach helps break down tough leaves – giving them double the nutrition out of every leaf!

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Colobus guereza kikuyensis


5 - 14 kg (11 - 30.8 lb.)


Length of 45 - 72 cm (1.5 - 2.4 ft.)

Conservation Status

Least Concern


Tropical forests on Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range


Leaves, fruit, buds and blossoms

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