The Red Colobus is only found on the island of Zanzibar, predominantly in the Jozani forest in the Jozani-Chwaka Bay conservation area. They are an endangered species, mainly due to habitat destruction, and are one of the worlds most endangered primates.
Their name, Red Colobus, is due to the red colour on their back and back of the head. They live in groups of about 30 animals, and are most active during the cooler parts of the day.
Young leaves and leaf buds make up around 50% of their diet, and they also eat unripe fruits, they cannot eat ripe fruits as they are unable to digest sugars.
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daddo (20651) 2013-10-27 1:32
Hi Wanda. Pity the poor creatures that are facing extinction because of the actions of the most successful and adaptable species who happen to be also the most destructive, like a virus, multiplying and taking over other lifeforms. A sweet little creature which has the right to life as much as we have.I wonder who his hairdresser is? Lovely play of light, excellent details. Best wishes for the week. Klaudio.
SnapRJW (23756) 2013-10-27 2:11
Hello Wanda - I remember seeing these beautiful creatures when we visited Zanzibar. You were lucky to get one sitting still enough to take a good photograph. I remember them being very active, especially along the road bordering the forest where they crossed over on the specially constructed 'bridges'. I always think primates 'ring a bell' with humans as the similarities are so obvious, it's a pity we don't do more to try and save species like this. The world will be a poorer place without them. This is a lovely shot, the little fellow seems to have a wistful far-away look in his eyes. Have a lovely Sunday Rosemary
jemaflor (74166) 2013-10-27 2:33
A well made portrait, excellent attitude, perfect sharpness ans nice light with the green tones of these leaves, tfs.
SWEETFREEDOM (19938) 2013-10-27 6:10
beautiful subject, great light and details.
cebe (1297) 2013-10-27 6:23
Hello Wanda. Beautiful and sharp portrait, with nice light all over and appropriate depth of field. I think I saw some of his congeners while in Zanzibar, but didn't know about this species being endangered.
holmertz (31408) 2013-10-27 11:40
This is a lovely creature and you captured it in a perfect place, so well positioned between the leaves and in an area of mild and even light. I am impressed that you managed to get such a perfect sharpness. It's easy to get an impression that you had all the time in the world, which I am sure you didn't.
abmdsudi (32577) 2013-10-27 21:37
Thks for the infor, never seen this endangered rare primate before. A capture here ruminating in the undergrowth a favourite pastime of all animals, including ourselves! think you are lucky! I love his cute natural pose, his eye catch light and the exceptional detail and the gorgeous colours. Your timing is just spot on too, what a fine wildlife shot you share with us, to see this close is a great achievement indeed and many thanks for sharing, Congrats.
Hv a great day
macondo (18461) 2013-10-28 0:12
A marvellous close-up shot of subject, which is well placed in the composition and stands out superbly against the slightly blurred background. The large leaf with the light coming through makes a great foil to the sharply defined grey hairs of the monkey. What a shame, and how shameful, that it is threatened with extinction. This one seems almost to be contemplating the fate of the species.
CLODO (26490) 2013-11-02 2:59
he is so cute with some human expression, absorbed by its research for food. Very good framing with the leaf acting as a reflector to illuminate his face, eyes and hairs .
adores (30873) 2013-11-06 16:09
I'm not sure if I have ever seen this species before. They look really funny, shame they are in danger. I really like the way you framed him, between the leaves. Focus is very good and I also light the sunlight on the leaves.
rigoletto (32796) 2013-11-09 5:03
oh, this is so cute.
not only cute, very well spotted the meaningfulness in the eyes (frankly speaking, it has a much more meaningful facial expression compared to many people i know personally).
when i hear everyday about a new atrocity against nature, caused by mankind, i fully agree with klaudio's terminology: humanity as a destructive virus on earth. this was already said in "the matrix" by hugo weaving's character. i sometimes feel like reaching the extremities of cynicism and think that a few percentage of "good" in the whole society is definitely not worth saving the whole.
deffra (201) 2013-11-16 9:00
Joli portrait de ce colobe si difficile a photographier.
Good portrait and nice composition.