Rare Javan langur monkey born at Howletts Wild Animal Park
Thursday 17 May 2012
A vulnerable species of monkey has added a new member to its brood at a zoo.
An apricot-coloured Javan langur called Malang is settling into life at Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury after being born last month.
Matt Ford, head primate keeper, said: "Malang is doing very well and it's great to see her out and about with the family group."
Javan langurs have different colour forms within their groups, and the primates may have a coat that is either black or an orange/brown shade, a zoo spokeswoman said.
She said: "At birth all infants will have a bright apricot-coloured coat which will gradually darken to one or the other colour form at around three to five months old."
Javan langurs are an endangered species and face the same threats as other primates in Asia, including loss of habitat and hunting, the spokeswoman said.
The brightly coloured primates are not often seen in wild animal parks but Howletts and Port Lympne, near Ashford, Kent, are collectively home to more than 50.
Animal director Neil Spooner said: "We have one of the largest collections of Javan langurs outside Indonesia and have had over 100 births since the early 1980s.
"Our Javan Primate Project just outside Malang, Indonesia, launched at the end of last year. The conservation project is rescuing primates from the illegal pet trade and rehabilitating them, so that they can be reintroduced to areas of the wild that we protect.
"Malang is a very fitting name for our latest langur birth."
SeaWorld in US tries to reverse falling audiences after film showing effects of captivity
Chinese ivory trade blamed as poachers drive down elephant population by 2% a year
Twitch and shout: Birdwatchers are raving over rare birds in Britain
Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo
Melting glaciers are caused by man-made global warming, study shows
- 1 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 3 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 4 Nicki Minaj finally releases predictable 'Anaconda' video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
£45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Analyst (Financial Services, ...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Application Support Engineer (C++, .NET, VB, Per...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Software Developer (Client-Side, SQL, VB...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...