Jerusalem Biblical Zoo welcomes delivery of uncommon Javan langur monkey

2021-04-08 18:28:01

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo welcomed the delivery of a child Javan langur monkey this week, the zoo introduced.

The uncommon species of Outdated World monkey is known for its vivid orange coat of hair over its physique. whereas these monkeys usually lose this coloration as they develop up in favor of a black coat of hair, some nonetheless retain this defining function. The brilliant coloration serves an evolutionary function, because it insures grownup females will simply discover the child and defend them, as famous within the College of Oxford’s New Encyclopedia of Mammals. That is reflective of the tendency for grownup females to take care of the youngsters of different langurs of their group.

The newborn monkey’s gender continues to be unknown, however is being raised by its mom, the black-haired Liz, and “aunt,” the golden-haired Saffron.


Javan langurs are initially native to Indonesia, however their numbers have been in decline through the years resulting from partially to deforestation and the unlawful looking and trafficking of unique animals. 

As such, the inhabitants of the langurs in zoos is very vital. 

“As a result of they’re threatened, there are a selection of worldwide efforts to ascertain a ‘backup inhabitants,'” Biblical Zoo zoologist Dr. Noam Werner defined in a press release.

He defined that as a way to act as a viable backup inhabitants, it’s important that the inhabitants be at a sure dimension with genetic variety. This effort requires a large quantity of cooperation between zoos everywhere in the world.

One different effort to do that was launched by the UK charity group the Aspinall Basis and the French zoological park ZooParc de Beauval’s conservation arm Beauval Nature. This can see a inhabitants launched fastidiously right into a protected space on the east of the island of Java generally known as the Pusubgrawung forest, as detailed on the group’s web site.
In keeping with the Aspinall Basis, they’ve efficiently reintroduced over 100 langurs into the wild to this point.

Nevertheless, it’s unsurprising that the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is concerned in making a backup inhabitants, because the zoo has a status for serving to breed endangered species.

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