Francois’ Langur ~ Trachypithecus francoisi (Pousargues, 1898)
IUCN Red List vulnerable species
The Francois’ Langur or Francois’ Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus francoisi) is a species of lutung and the type species of its species group. The species is distributed from Southwestern China to northeastern Vietnam.
Agile and cheeky, Francois’ Langur live in highland forests where they forage for a variety of food sources. Adult Francois’ langurs have a long, black, silky coat with a white band of cheek fur and can be distinguished from the other species in Primate Forest by the pointed crests of hair on their heads. Francois’ langur babies, in stark contrast, are Babies are born coloured a deep apricot.
It is believed that the orange coloration protects the babies by helping them blend in with the foliage in the tree canopies of their natural habitat in Vietnam, southeast China and central Laos. Unfortunately, the remaining wild Francois’ langur populations are endangered due to habitat loss from deforestation, human encroachment and hunting.
Species group: T. francoisi
Species: T. francoisi
Binomial name: Trachypithecus francoisi,