Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Successful breeding in captivity raises hope for highly endangered species native to Vietnam and China

theguardian.com, Monday 17 March 2014 17.00 GMT

One of the world’s rarest primates, Francois’ langur, both in the wild and in captivity, has been born at a zoo in Kent, England. The newborn is the first ever of its species to be born at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury and is a step towards the conservation of the endangered species. 
Francois’ langurs, which are listed as endangered, are born with striking red fur, which will gradually darken until they are one year old and turn black, a spokeswoman for the zoo said. 

The primates live in a matriarchal group that is led by females, who share parenting duties between them. 

The species is native to north-east Vietnam and southern China, where they live at a slightly higher altitude than most langurs, the spokeswoman said.

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