Roloway monkeys definitely stick out from the crowd: they are quite large, have a triangular face, black and white coat, a pointy beard and yellow thighs and bum. They’re an arboreal species, which means they live in trees, and they like undisturbed forests best. Unfortunately, their characteristics and preferred habitat is putting them at risk. As they are large and have a soft coat, Roloway monkeys are hunted for their meat and fur. Because they like very specific forests, they are struggling as their habitat is destroyed for logging and agriculture.
Long story short, they need our help. Our partners WAPCA (West African Primate Conservation Action)
and primate experts at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. At the Cape Point reserve, the project covers monitoring and research of these little known primates, protecting them from poaching in the forest, educating local communities about forest conservation and sustainable agriculture and why it’s important to keep these amazing animals alive. There is also welfare work at Accra Zoo, helping improve facilities where primates are brought to them for rehabilitation and treatment.