‘Incredibly Rare’ Monkey Born at Australian Zoo

One of the world’s rarest monkeys has been born at an Australian zoo.

The male Francois’ Langur, also known as Francois’ leaf monkey, has distinctive orange fur, is one week old and has not yet been named.

Critically-endangered, the animal is only found in China and Vietnam where it is threatened by poachers and loss of habitat from encroaching development.

‘Seeing Francois’ Langurs in the wild is incredibly rare, but seeing a baby is even more so,’ said senior zookeeper, Jane Marshall.

‘Not a lot of people know about Francois’ Langurs as a species, but these beautiful animals are very vibrant animals, who are incredibly agile and intelligent.’ she added.

The baby’s bright orange hair lasts just a few weeks before it begins to darken to the colour of its mother Noel’s hair.

François’ Langurs live in groups of females called harems.

The zoo estimates there are only about 3,000 of the species left in the wild.

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