Western Red Colobus Piliocolobus badius

Western Red Colobus Piliocolobus badius

Western Red Colobus Piliocolobus badius


Côte d’Ivoire; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Sierra Leone

This is a predominantly arboreal species found in a variety of forest types including primary, secondary, and gallery forest, woodland savanna, tree and shrub savanna, mangroves and residential gardens (Starin 1991, Galat-Luong and Galat 2005, Struhsaker 2010, Butynski et al. 2013). In general Western Red Colobus prefer mature old growth moist forest, where they use the main canopy at 20-40 m height (50% of time, Galat-Luong 1983), and typically travel on the larger branches (McGraw 1998); however, the northern populations also spend time travelling, resting, playing, feeding and grooming on the ground (Starin 1991).

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The Western Red Colobus is listed as Endangered, as the species is estimated to have undergone a decline exceeding 50% during the past three generations (ca 30 years). Insufficient survey data preclude the estimation of a total population size for Piliocolobus badius; however, recent surveys report significant population declines and/or local extirpations. The scale of the decline is inferred from rates of human-induced habitat loss, and evidence of unsustainable rates of hunting.

In both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, more than half of the closed forest in the forest reserves has been converted to plantation or farmland, or cleared and left bare (Bitty et al. 2015).

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Further Information

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McGraw, S., Minhós, T., Bersacola, E., Ferreira da Silva, M.J., Galat, G., Galat-Luong, A., Gonedelé Bi, S., Mayhew, M., Oates, J.F. & Starin, E.D. 2020. Piliocolobus badius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T161247840A161259430. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T161247840A161259430.en. Downloaded on 15 February 2021.

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