This rare and endangered monkey was born in a Missouri zoo

Author: Clark Tos
2022-11-07 14:12:08

There are only about 3000 monkeys of this species left in the world. The birth of this François' Langur is good news for this endangered species.

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It's in the nice of St. Louis, Missouri, that a very rare monkey was born. This is a François Langur. Particularly unknown and rare, this species of primate is mainly from China, Vietnam or Laos.

Its very franchouillard name is not due to chance, since it comes from the French photographer Auguste François (1857-1935) who also exercised a function of diplomat between the 19th and 20th centuries, in China.

It was in 1898 that his name was first attributed to a species of singe native to the south of the country, Trachypithecus francoisi.

An unknown species of monkey

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The adorable female Missouri monkey was born on September 30 and named Rhubarb by zoo staff. The animal is red and seems very playful, as can be seen in a video published by the Saint-Louis zoo.

Once adult, the coat color of François' Langur becomes brown or black. This very rare birth follows another in Australia. In 2019, a male calf was born in Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

The zookeeper, Jane Marshall, said about these primates: ' Few people know François' Langurs as a species, but these magnificent animals are very dynamic, incredibly agile and intelligent. '. Another small monkey of the same species was born in 2020 in a zoo in Besançon.