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Zanzibar red colobus

Procolobus kirkii

  • Zanzibar red colobus don’t really drink, most of their water comes from their food.
  • The monkeys are attracted by tasty leaves of non-native tree species like Indian almond and mango.
  • The leaves are full of toxins that could cause harm to the monkeys; their solution to this is to eat charcoal, which combats the toxic effects of the leaves, much like humans taking an indigestion tablet.
  • Zanzibar red colobus are an endangered species, with numbers standing at less than 2000 individuals.

 

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