An ‘Incredibly Rare’ Monkey Has Been Born In An Australian Zoo
By Thanussha Priyah, 07 Oct 2019
Image via Taronga Zoo
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo welcomed one of the world’s rarest monkeys, the Francois’ Langur, last week.
The male monkey was born in the zoo and has not been named yet. The baby has been pictured in its striking orange fur, which is expected to darken in a few weeks to match the color of his mother Noel’s coat.
The Francois’ Langur monkeys are critically endangered, and can only be found in China and Vietnam, where their homes are often destroyed due to encroaching development. The primates are threatened by poachers in these countries.
The zoo explains that there are around 3,000 creatures of this species left in the wild.
Senior zoo keeper Jane Marshall told AFP that it is “incredibly rare” to see Francois’ Langurs in the wild, and even more so to see a baby Francois’ Langur.
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We’re delighted to announce the birth of our brand new François’ Langur baby! François’ Langur babies are born with bright orange hair, and will gradually turn black as they get older. He’s getting more adventurous each day, so come see the bright bundle of joy at Taronga Zoo Sydney, these school holidays. #forthewild
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'Incredibly rare' Francois' #langur #monkey is born in an #Australian zoo while only 3,000 of the species remain in the wild— Hans Solo (@thandojo) October 6, 2019
The week-old monkey hasn't been named yet but has bright orange baby fur pic.twitter.com/sPDQ3xKzcf
[via AFP, images via Taronga Zoo]
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