African Primates – L’Hoest and Colobus Monkeys

L’ Hoest Monkey

They are commonly found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is very dark.
L’hoest Monkeys are richly colored animal with a pure white chin ruff framing on the face and white patches under their eyes. L’ hoest Monkeys are also called Mountain Monkey.

Males L’hoest monkeys are larger than the females and have bright mauve testes. The leave and move in troops of about 17 individuals dominated by females under the leadership of two adult males.

L’hoest Monkeys feed on leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits, and insects; occasionally will eat bird eggs, lizards, and even small birds.

The number of L’hoest monkeys is declining due to poaching, deforestation especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they are hunted for meat. Therefore, it is true to argue that the L’hoest monkey is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

In Uganda, L’hoest Monkeys are found in Kibale, Kalinzu, and Kalinzu which are medium-altitude forests. In Rwanda, L’hoest monkeys are found in the Nyungwe forest and Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Black and White Colobus Monkeys

Colobus is large monkeys with a head and body length longer at 78cm. The fur is black with white or greyish whiskers and epaulets and a whitetail. There is no thumb or greatly reduced. Newborn infants are pure white, obtaining their adult markings by 3 – 4 months. Colobus monkeys live in African forests and move in troops of 3 – 15 members, while the red colobus lives in larger groups with many males. They rarely come to the ground, but they do it occasionally to pick up fallen fruit.

Black and White Colobus Monkeys in Rwanda

Black – and – white colobus monkeys feed on both young and mature leaves, but they also eat fruit, flowers and woody twigs. In Uganda, they are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Semiliki National park, Kibale forest National park and in Rwanda, they are found in Nyungwe Forest National park with a semi-habituated troop of 400 species.