Rare monkey born at Howletts Wild Animal Park

The newly born Francois Langur Credit: Howletts

Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, is celebrating the arrival of one of the world’s rarest primates. The newly born Francois Langur is the first ever of its species to be born at the park.

Rare both in the wild and in captivity, the monkeys are listed as endangered. The species is native to northeast Vietnam and southern China, where they live at a slightly higher altitude than most langurs.

They inhabit semi-tropical monsoon forest and well-sheltered areas in limestone ranges, but due to major changes in land use the population has diminished. As a result of hunting and habitat loss, their population in the Guangxi Province in China alone has decreased by 85% in recent years.