- Common Name: Bouvier’s Red Colobus
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1887
- Monkey Size: 53 to 63 cm (21 to 25 in)
- Skin Color(s): Brownish-red
- Habitat: Forest, rainforest
- Diet: Herbivorous
- Native Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo
Bouvier’s Red Colobus Distribution
Bouvier’s Red Colobus Characteristics
Bouvier’s red colobus was rediscovered in 2015 in the Republic of Congo after four decades without confirmed sightings.
- Bouvier’s red colobus has a lighter reddish-brown coat on its body than its closest relative, Bioko’s red colobus (Piliocolobus pennantii pennantii).
- Its head sports a patch of black to chocolate brown pelage smaller than Bioko’s red colobus. A band of black fur stretches from above the eyes to the temples.
- The monkey’s eyes are surrounded by large pinkish circles. Bouvier’s red colobus’ tail is long compared to its small body and is dark brown at the root, fading to brownish-red at the tip.
- The pelage on the underside of the species is lighter than that on the back.
Bouvier’s Red Colobus Facts
- Bouvier’s red colobus monkeys show significant facial variation between individuals, ranging from a light flesh color with blackish cheeks and eyebrows to darker shading over the entire face except for the lips and nose.
- Bouvier’s red colobus lives in the swampy forests surrounding the Congo River, between the mouths of the Oubangui and Alima rivers.
- It shows no fear of humans, making it an easy target for bushmeat hunters.
- They have a long tail used for balance only and are non-prehensile.
- Like other red colobuses, the Bouvier red colobus lives in groups that may consist of 12 to 80 individuals and occupy a territory of 25 to 150 hectares.
Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys
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