Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus Piliocolobus waldroni
Ghana, Ivory Coast
Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus‘ are restricted to tropical moist and semi-deciduous forest, and swamp forest, where they typically used the upper canopy (Martin 1991). Two groups studied in Bia National Park in Ghana in the 1970s comprised 34 and 58 individuals, had home ranges of 100–140 ha, and had a diet consisting predominantly of leaves but also fruits, seeds and flowers (Martin 1991).
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The major causes of the decline of the species were hunting and habitat loss (Oates et al. 2000). Both subsistence and commercial hunting (for the bushmeat trade) heavily impacted populations of this species, and improved access to forest interiors via logging roads increased hunting pressure.
The Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus is listed as Critically Endangered as the species is estimated to have undergone a population decline of more than 80% in the 30 years (approximately three generations) up until the last authenticated specimen (killed by a hunter) was found in 2002.
“The disappearance of Miss Waldron’s red colobus is a sign of a wave of extinction of animals that can only live in forests. How many of them will go? At what point will we care? It is going to be a cascade. It is the beginning of a series of extinctions of animals.”Inza Koné, chair of the African Primatological Society. Mongabay
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Oates, J.F., Koné, I., McGraw, S. & Osei, D. 2020. Piliocolobus waldroni (amended version of 2019 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T18248A166620835. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T18248A166620835.en. Downloaded on 15 February 2021.
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