Mantled Guereza (Colobus guereza)

​Date Published: May 2012

Assessment Summary

Note: The Species Profile for the Guereza has been prepared by a consultant on behalf of a wildlife park. The accompanying risk assessment has been undertaken by the Department.

The guereza, (Colobus guereza), is a large glossy black monkey with a white mantle and a tail tuft. It is found in diverse regions of equatorial Africa. The natural range of this species is approximately 268,000 km2, from the area of the Donga River region of Nigeria and the Yabassi District of Cameroon, eastwards across the Oubangui River from the Central African Republic to the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and then discontinuously eastwards to southern Sudan, Uganda, the Kenyan and Ethiopian highlands, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the Kah District of Tanzania.

Colobus guereza is not globally threatened and is listed as least concern by the IUCN. Although this species is locally threatened in parts of its range, the guereza remains relatively widespread and abundant and, owing to its tolerance of forest degradation, is considered to be one of the least threatened species of colobus monkey.

The guereza is listed on Appendix II to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna and export and import of this species is therefore subject to regulation under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The guereza is a "controlled animal" under the Tasmanian Nature Conservation Act 2002.

The risk assessment concludes that the Guereza is a "moderate" threat to Tasmania and recommends that imports be restricted to those licence holders approved for keeping moderate threat species.

Assessment Documentation

Risk Assessment

Mantled Guereza (Colobus guereza) Risk Assessment (117 KB)

Species Profile

Mantled Guereza (Colobus guereza) Species Profile (672 KB)