Say hello to Taronga’s newest member, a stunning orange male François’ Langur. The tiny infant was born on June 3rd and is yet to be named.
The little Francois Langur was born with bright orange hair, a stark comparison to his parent’s black fur. It’s believed the colour distinction makes it easier for adults to identify and look after infants.
Parents Meili and Bobo were brought to Taronga Zoo from Beijing and have since settled and thrived. Their baby weighs a tiny 500 grams. Senior Primate Keeper, Jane Marshall explains:
“Meili is a fantastic mother. We don’t have to worry too much about how the infant is doing because this is her fourth baby and they just thrive with her. He has started to climb briefly for about 30 seconds at a time before mum will pull him back because she keeps him very close.”
The baby was born without any assistance and was suckling from mother straight away. He is now three weeks old and eager to explore.
“He is a stunning orange colour at the moment, but we’re already starting to see his hair growing dark on his face and his colour all over will significantly change at around three months of age,” said Keeper Jane.
At three weeks old he’s already starting to explore his environment by picking up leaves and is starting to grab at mum’s food.
“Nangua, his big brother was a bit shell-shocked by the new arrival but is letting mum do her thing with the baby while he becomes more independent. He is fascinated by the baby and will gently touch him”, said Jane.
The Francois’ Langur once populated China and Vietnam, but due to habitat loss and poaching there are now only 2,000 left in the wild.
The baby Francois’ Langur can be seen in Taronga’s Rainforest Trail this Saturday at the commencement of the school holidays.
Taronga is leading the way in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, their efforts recently resulting in a new Asian elephant calf, recently named last weekend.
Header: Baby and mother, Taronga Zoo