SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Zoo welcomed their new Francois’ Langur baby, born on Sunday, February 12 to mother Jing Jing. The Francois’ Langur is an endangered monkey native to China and Vietnam. The zoo’s new member is the fist monkey of its breed born in captivity.
Fewer than 2,000 Francois’ Langurs live in the world, causing the birth to generate a lot of excitement an positive reactions, the zoo indicated.
The birth is significant because it is the first infant Francois Langur born since the newborn’s father, 14-year-old Jun Wan, who arrived from the San Diego Zoo early last year as recommended by the Species Survival Plan (SSP).
For the unique species, an established and cooperative breeding program exists among AZA zoos, said Rachel Eslick, Marketing Communications Manager of the San Francisco Zoo.
The infant is drinking his mother’s milk, but will begin to eat a normal François’ Langur diet, made up of leaves, along with fruits and seeds.