This low mintage sterling silver coin is dedicated to the protection of
unique wildlife, and features the red colobus monkey. The design features a monkey crouched,
holding onto a branch, with selective colour foliage in the background. The weighs about two thirds of an ounce, is dated
2013, and has a legal tender value of 1000 Francs in The Central African
Republic. Mintage is limited to just 2,013 coins.
The red colobus monkeys use their long
tail for balance while they swing through the treetops on the lookout for food
in the form of leaves or fruit. They live in tropical forest habitats, where they
live in large groups of up to 50. The group constellations are somewhat fluid
with individual monkeys moving between groups, especially in their adolescence.
Thus, not all individuals in a group are directly related to each other.
Females usually outnumber the larger males, which can weigh up to 11 kg, but
young males occasionally form small bachelor groups. A strong dominance
hierarchy within each group determines access to the best food.