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
species. The Toledo Zoo is one of fewer than 20
institutions in the United States to exhibit and breed Francois’