Belfast Zoo celebrated the birth of a François langur in late 2017, and the little ‘rascal’ has made his first appearance for visitors.

This endangered primate was born on  November 7 2017 to mum, Nicoleen and dad, AJ. 

While adult François langurs are black in colour with striking white sideburns, infants are born with ginger fur and their colour changes slowly as they mature.

The latest arrival has been named Huaidan, which means ‘rascal’ in Chinese, thanks to his cheeky temperament.

Huaidan’s arrival means that Belfast Zoo’s monkey house is now home to five of these stunning leaf-eating primates. 

François langurs live in small family groups consisting of one adult male, a ‘harem’ of adult females and their offspring. All females in the group take an active interest in the care of the infant and the females in the group often ‘babysit’ Huaidan to allow Nicoleen to rest and eat.

Andrew Hope, Curator at Belfast Zoo, said: “François’ langurs are found in the tropical forests and limestone hills of China, Vietnam and Laos but they are facing increasing threats and are endangered in their natural habitat. 

“With the future of this primate hanging in the balance, zoos around the world are working collaboratively to ensure the survival of the Francois langur, through an active breeding programme. 

“The arrival of Huadian is therefore not only a great cause for celebration for Belfast Zoo but also on a much larger scale.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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