A wee little baby Francois’ leaf monkey (François’ langur), one of the planet’s rarest species and amongst the nation’s most protected animals, survived the critical period following its birth in Yantai, Shandong province, making it the first successful case of breeding a Francois’ leaf monkey in the city.
The baby monkey was born on February 19 and had been protected from human contact by its mother. This week, breeders announced that the monkey had survived the crucial few weeks after birth in which it’s most at risk.
The majority of scientific studies of the species in the wild usually take place at the Nonggang Nature Reserve and the Fusui Nature Reserve in Guangxi province. The population of the Francois’ leaf monkey has steadily declined in the past 30 years, and hunting remains a large impact the population. It’s believed that there are less than 500 left in Vietnam and 1,400-1,650 in China.
FUN AND GROSS FACT: In 2012, ChinaSMACK reported that a Wuhan Zoo monkey caretaker licked the buttocks of a Francois’ leaf monkey for over an hour in order to help it pass a life-endangering peanut through its system.
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