Miss Waldron's Colobus
Procolobus badius waldroni
belong to the family of
colobid monkeys, which are characterised by a small thumb and a slim
body structure with long limbs. They mainly eat leaves. The red colobus
is divided into several sub-species, many are highly endangered.
The red colobus has
a reddish fur
with dark brown parts on the head, back and tail. Males are
significantly larger that females. The young are similar in appearance
to the adults from birth onwards.
The Miss Waldron’s
exclusively in the Upper Guinean Rainforest of the eastern part of Cote
d’Ivoire and western Ghana.
This species lives in
pristine rainforest only and prefers the highest canopy strata.
6 ½ months the females give
birth to one young, which stays in close contact with its mother for
one year. There is a 2-year birth interval. It is not known how long
they can live in the wild or in captivity.
depend on leaves of certain tree
species but they also eat blossoms and seeds. 40% of their favourite
trees are used on a large commercial scale by humans, which make them
especially vulnerable to logging processes.
Colobus move in large
groups of up to 80 animals through the upper part of the canopy. Most
of the time they join up with other guenon species to travel together
as a protection against predators. Males stay in the natal group
whereas females leave the group when maturing. Thus, the females of the
group are not related to each other.
was scientifically declared extinct in September 2000 since no
individual has been seen alive in surveys since the 70’s. There are
rumours about remaining individuals but those certainly don’t form a
viable population. Thus, the Miss Waldron’s colobus is the first
primate species of the new millennium to become extinct due to human