Afternoon Siesta

Afternoon Siesta

I just loved this Black and White Colobus Monkey, and the position he was in, while he was taking an afternoon nap after a long day at the zoo. 🙂

Black and White Colobus Monkeys make their home high in the trees of a variety of tropical African forests. They spend almost their entire lives up in the branches, rarely touching the ground.

Unlike other primates, Colobus Monkeys’ cow-like stomachs allow them to subsist on a leafy diet. They don’t even need to come down for water, finding enough in the treetops to survive. Tender, high-protein leaves from forest trees are Black and White Colobus Monkeys’ favorite food. They also eat unripe fruit, seeds, flowers, and bark.

Colobus Monkeys spend their days eating, relaxing, and socializing with each other, generally without squabbling. Males defend their group and its territory from others with roars, tongue-clicks, chases, and an unusual stiff-legged display.

Because individual family groups need only a small patch of forest, black and white colobus can coexist near people when clusters of trees remain intact. In some areas of tropical Africa, these small forest fragments are disappearing rapidly, however.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and look! Have a wonderful week everybody! 🙂