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Jozani Forest

The Jozani Natural Forest Reserve is located in the central east region of Zanzibar island and is home to the rare Red Colobus Monkey (pictured opposite), which is endemic to Zanzibar. These monkeys are full of character, and roam freely. They can also be seen at very close quarters just outside the reserve's perimeter and are incredibly photogenic. Jozani is home to other species including syke's monkey's, small buck and bush pigs. The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night - perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day?! Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.

Zanzibar red colobus live in a wide variety of drier areas of coastal thickets and coral rag scrub, aswell as mangrove swamps and agricultural areas. About one third of the red colobus live in and around Jozani Forest- Ironically, the easiest monkeys to see are on farm land adjacent to the reserve. They are used to people and the low vegetation means they come close to the ground.

The monkeys are highly social and live in groups of about thirty to fifty individuals. They begin feeding early in the morning and are most active during the cooler parts of the day. If you hear loud calls from the adult males it often means the group is about to move from tree to tree to eat. Red colobus eat young leaves, flowers, leaf shoots, unripe fruit and seeds. The most common kinds of trees that colobus feed on are black plum, various species of wild fig trees, and red mahogany, as well as introduced species such as Indian almond, coconut and mango. Unlike other monkeys, red colobus do not eat ripe fruit as they are unable to digest sugars. Their four-chambered stomachs break down their food using bacteria which are kept active by feeding regularly throughout the day. The colobus also eat charcoal and this may help their digestive system to cope with the poisons the leaves contain.


Jozani Forest Photos
The Red Colobus
The Mangrove Trees
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