Stocking Up for Winter
Despite the fact it is only August, zoo keepers at
The colobus monkeys’ diet consists mainly of leaves, including willow, hazel, birch and hawthorn. Although there is a huge supply of each during the summer, the zoo team need to plan ahead to ensure lots of leafy leftovers later in the year.
Colobus monkeys are able to break down foliage due to their enlarged and complex digestive system. It works like that of a cow with three or four separate chambers and lots of bacteria; this process often gives them wind!
In the wild, black and white colobus monkeys inhabit the forests of central
Attached Image – Section Leader, Debbie Iles (left), Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate (centre) and Section Leader, Claudia Perryman (right)