A male Francois’ Langur Monkey, which has not been named yet was born at Sydney’s Taronga zoo last week.
The animal classified as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008, is only found in southern Guangxi province of China, northern Vietnam and west-central Laos. The rare mammal species is threatened by poachers and radical decrease in habitat due to urbanisation development.
A birth that has greatly pleased staff of the Australian zoo. “Seeing Francois’ Langurs in the wild is incredibly rare, but seeing a baby is even more so,” said Senior Zoo Keeper Jane Marshall.
According to the zoo, there are only about 3,000 of the species left in the wild.
“Not a lot of people know about Francois’ Langurs as a species, but these beautiful animals are very vibrant animals, who are incredibly agile and intelligent,” expressed the Senior zoo Keeper.
As a reminder, baby Francois’ Langur Monkey has bright orange fur which gradually fades to black after 3-6 months.