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Francois’ langur monkey born at the Zoo  

A male Francois’ langur has been born at the Toledo Zoo; visitors can see him indoors, with his parents and siblings, at the Zoo’s Primate Forest. He was born on Jan. 18, 2014 and is named Tam (tahm), which means “heart” in Vietnamese.

This is the sixth offspring for the baby’s parents, and his mother is providing excellent maternal care. Both parents arrived at the Zoo in May, 2000 on recommendation from the Francois’ langur Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). 

As an adult, a Francois’ langur has a long, black, silky coat with a white band of cheek fur and a pointed crest of hair on top of its head. A typical Francois’ langur baby, however, is predominantly orange. Biologists believe the orange color helps the baby blend in with foliage in the tree canopies of its native habitat in Vietnam, southeast China, and central Laos.

Fewer than 2,500 Francois’ langurs are estimated to survive in the wild, with hunting and habitat loss contributing to their status as an endangered species. The Toledo Zoo is one of fewer than 20 institutions in the United States to exhibit and breed Francois’ langurs. 


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