Unique Colobus Monkeys’ population on Chale Island

Colobus Monkey at Chale Island

Colobus Monkeys’ characteristics

The name “colobus” comes from the Greek word kolobós, which means mutilated, because Colobus Monkeys do not have thumbs.

The two species of black and white monkeys are endemic to Kenya. Their distinct black and white markings make them easily recognisable. The originality of the newborns is that their fur is completely white and their face is pink.

Colobus Monkeys live in troops of 5 to 10 animals. Permanent troops of Colobus Monkeys can often be seen around the resort and nearby mangrove forests.
They either jump up and down branches or stroll around.
They are herbivorous and are considered a non-dangerous species, peacefully living side by side with humans.

Protecting Colobus Monkeys

There are less than 5,000 of these species in Kenya, and that makes them vulnerable to extinction. They are not yet endangered, but population numbers are going down (according to IUCN, the international conservation group).

The biggest threat is their habitat loss; as human population increases, forests are cut down, reducing the homes of the monkeys. The other main threat is their fur, attractive to hunters.

Based on the mainland, the Colobus Conservation Centre helps to care for these primates, especially the injured and mistreated ones. Click here to know more about the tours and donations to the projects organized by the centre.

Colobus Monkey at Chale Island
Colobus Monkey at Chale Island
Colobus Monkeys at Chale Island