Preuss’s Red Colobus, Procolobus preussi

Preuss’s red colobus (Procolobus preussi) is a primate that is native to the Cross-Sanaga Rivers ecoregion. It appears in many areas of this range, with perhaps the most important populations appearing in Korup National Park, Cameroon, and Southwest Province. Groups of this species occur in fragments, and can mostly be found near tourist areas. Other populations appear in Ebo forest, as well as in the Nkwende Hills and Nta Ali Forest Reserve, in the larger Korup region.

Preuss’s red colobus has thick fur that appears to be made of many colors, with black and orange on the dorsal area, black on the head, and bright red tail, cheeks, and limbs. As is typical to a colobus monkey diet, it consumes mostly leaves.

Once considered a subspecies of P. badius and P. pennantii, Preuss’s red colobus is now its own distinct species. It is threatened by hunting and habitat loss within its range. However, many populations occur in protected lands including Cross River National Park and Korup National Park. Preuss’s red colobus has been given a conservation status of “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List.

Image Caption: Personal photos of Preuss’s red colobus (Procolobus preussi) in Korup National Park (different animals). Credit: Astaras/Wikipedia