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Colobus polykomos 

Actual scientific name :   Colobus polykomos 
Old scientific name :   Colobus polykomos prigoginei 
French name :   Colobe blanc et noir d'Afrique occidentale
English name :   King Colobus, Western Black-and-White Colobus
Vernacular name :  
Mpulumba (Kikaonde); Mpulumba (Lunda); Mpulumba (Kibemba)

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Description :   Length: between 45 and 70 cm (without the tail); average weight: 9 kg. Males are bigger than females. The tail is very long, measuring between 50 and 100 cm. Body is covered with long and shiny black hair. Chest, whiskers and tail are white. Face is black. Presence of prominent rump callosities. No cheek pouches. Hands have only 4 fingers as thumbs are reduced to mere tubercles.  
Habitat :   Forests, savannah.
In Katanga, known from the Kabobo’ Mount, north of Kalemie. In the rest of the province, found around rain or swampy forests.
Behaviour :   Diurnal and arboreal animals. Climb and jump from tree to tree with agility. Usually live in small troop comprised of 1 to 3 males and 3 to 4 females. Females often engage in grooming behaviour.
When alarmed, they emit barks and growls. Can remain still for hours.
Live for about 20 years.  
Diet :   Mostly leaves.
In order to digest cellulose, king colobus’ stomach is multi-chambered. 
Life history :   After a gestation period of about 6 months, females give birth to a young.  
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
History, Ethnology, Sociology
Interactions with humans :   None. Sometimes steal a few palm nuts.  
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Fishing, hunting :   Hunted for its meat and for its fur.  
Feeding :   Its meat is consumed.  
Breeding, taming :   Difficult to keep in captivity.  
Uses of skin or other body parts :   Skins are often sold to tourists as souvenirs.  

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