New to the Zoo: Colobus Monkeys

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming three black and white colobus monkeys – a father and his boys! The new Naples Zoo residents hail from Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana. The colobus monkeys will make their debut Saturday, January 20th. Guests can enjoy seeing them aboard the Primate Expedition Cruise.

Nine-year-old Hasani weighs approximately 32 pounds and he is the father of Mally and Kito. Mally is the older brother at four-years-old and weighs in at 23 pounds. Kito is the youngest at three-years-old and he weighs in at 17 pounds.

Black and white colobus monkeys are omnivorous and their favorite food is tender, high-protein leaves from forest trees.

Colobus monkeys are unusual for their beautiful black and white coloring. Their black fur strongly contrasts with the long white mantle, whiskers, bushy tail, and beard around the face. They are 18 to 27 inches long, not including their tails, and weigh between 12 and 32 pounds. Black and white colobus make their home high in the trees of a variety of tropical African forests ranging from Nigeria to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The colobus is the most arboreal of all African monkeys. It rarely descends to the ground and uses branches as trampolines to get liftoffs for leaps of up to 50 feet. Colobus monkeys leap up and then drop downward, falling with outstretched arms and legs to grab the next branch. With only four fingers and no thumb, they move quickly through the trees.

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