“Richly habited in a mantle..”*

Near Lake Langano, early in the morning, the Abyssinian Black-and-White Colobus monkeys were feeding in the trees. Their proper name is Mantled Guereza, Colobus Guereza, and they are the popinjays of the monkey world:

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Their total length goes up to 170cm, or which 100cm is tail! The mantle is the long white fringed fur across their shoulders, like the fringes on John Wayne’s leather jacket.

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They are not endangered, perhaps because oddly they prefer secondary forest to primary forest. The new growth may provide more leaves and twigs than the old growth trees. They have a digestive system more usually found in ruminants, so they can digest very fibrous material. This one is eating a twig:

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*My title is a quote from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. And Abyssinia is the old name for Ethiopia.

 

One thought on ““Richly habited in a mantle..”*”

  1. Thank you so much for the great pictures and information. I particularly liked John Wayne’s jacket analogy!
    We are off to the USA and Canada on the 15th of March, back in the first week of April and hope to see you then. All the very best, Krov and Karen

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