As with most forest wildlife in Africa, the majority of red colobus taxa and their habitats are in dire straits. The rate of natural forest loss varies considerably between African countries, but for nine countries with red colobus and for which estimates are available, the annual loss between 1990 and 2000 averaged 1.5% (0.1-3.3%). An even greater proportion of forest is degraded each year and no country in Africa has increased its forest cover. This chapter reviews the conservation status of 12 taxa of red colobus and discusses the problems they face.
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