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Cercopithecus mitis albogularis
The Zanzibar Sykes’ monkey is a subspecies of the Sykes’ monkey endemic to Zanzibar. It has a grizzled coat, a large white patch on the throat and upper chest, a brownish back and striking orange eyes. Spotted here in the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park.
This Sykes’ monkey is one a of a pair I tried to follow for a few minutes in the Jozani rainforest. More reclusive and shy than their Zanzibar counterparts the red colobus monkeys (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/575...), they stayed in the canopy and never came to the ground. This subspecies of the Syke’s monkey is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN, although it is likely to be declining in non-protected areas due to habitat loss and degradation. This is my second encounter with this species in Zanzibar. For last year’s spotting see http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/600...