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Tanzania Endangered Species: Zanzibar Red Colobines

Animal

Zanzibar red colobines are a fairly rare animal found only on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Unguja is a famous resort called paradise not only in Tanzania but also in Africa. Zanzibar red colobines are an endangered species due to their extremely low population. The number of surviving monkeys is only around 2000, and mangroves are the main habitat. Zanzibar Red Colobines may have survived because it is the island of Zanzibar, which has evolved uniquely on the island.

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Habitat

Zanzibar red colobines are monkeys that live only on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

Characteristics

Zanzibar red colobus is classified in the genus Red Colobus of the family Old World Monkeys. Zanzibar red colobines are monkeys with a head and trunk length of 50 to 60 cm and a tail length of 60 to 80 cm, and inhabit only the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania in Africa. Unguja is one of Africa’s most unique environments, with a unique evolutionary background on the island and other endemic species. In addition to these monkeys, the Zanzibar Archipelago is home to four species of monkeys: Senegal bushbaby, Northern Great Galago, Vervet Monkey, and Sykes’ Monkey. Zanzibar red colobines are herd-forming animals that live in groups of around 10-30. Zanzibar red colobines have a longer tail than their bodies and are very agile.

Ecology

Zanzibar red colobines live on grass, leaves and fruits. Breeding is not seasonal and occurs all year round. Females swell their sexual skin when they estrus, and males estrus and mate accordingly. A female can give birth to one at a time after a gestation period of 5 to 6 months. In 4-5 years you will be sexually mature and will be able to have children.

Endangered species

Zanzibar red colobines live only in the Zanzibar Archipelago, most of them in nature reserves. It is known for its extremely small population, with only around 2000 heads. As a result, Zanzibar red colobines are on the verge of extinction. Causes are land development, hunting and deforestation. Due to the large-scale development of Zanzibar as a resort area, habitat destruction has become a problem. In addition, due to the reduced habitat, it may come out to the remote areas and steal fruits and eat them, and it may be regarded as a vermin and exterminated. Zanzibar red colobines are listed as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List.

Breeding

Zanzibar red colobines are rare animals and are endangered, making them extremely difficult to obtain and difficult for the general public to breed. Therefore, please go to Zanzibar.

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