Miss Waldron's Red Colobus

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Piliocolobus Piliocolobus waldronae
  • Common Name: Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1936
  • Monkey Size: 97 to 147 cm (38.19 to 57.87 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Ghana, Ivory Coast

Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus Distribution

Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus Characteristics

Miss Waldron’s red colobus[1] (Piliocolobus waldronae) is endemic to West Africa.

  • Black fur drapes most of Miss Waldron’s red colobus, but a distinctive pattern of bright red fur can be found on its thighs and forehead, setting it apart from conspecifics.
  • It is an Old World monkey and stands around 1m (3 feet) tall with a small head for its build.

Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus Facts

  • Miss Waldron’s red colobus was discovered in December 1933 by Willoughby P. Lowe, a collector at the British Museum (Natural History).
  • Lowe named it after another museum employee, Miss Fanny Waldron, a colleague on the expedition.
  • High-canopy rainforests in Ghana and Ivory Coast serve as the exclusive habitat of Miss Waldron’s red colobus.
  • The monkey generally forms large family groups of 20 or more individuals.
  • It is a very vocal and social animal, often communicating with others with loud calls, screeches, and chattering.
  • Their safety strategy depends on the use of the many eyes and ears of the group.

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Key References
  • [1]“Primates-SG – Waldrons Red Colobus”. Accessed November 26, 2022. Link.

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