A rare François langur monkey was just born at the San Francisco Zoo, and boy is s/he cute.
Zookeepers don't yet know the gender of the infant, which was born to 17-year-old female Kathleen and 9-year-old male Jun Wan last week (September 8). And as NBC Bay Area reports, the Zoo will be having a naming contest once they figure it out.
- François langur monkeys are native northeastern Vietnam and southwestern China
- They are also known as Francois' leaf monkey, Tonkin leaf monkey, or white side-burned black langur
- There are only about 1,500 believed to be in the wild in China, with fewer than 500 left in Vietnam
- Around 60 of these monkeys live in captivity in North American zoos
- The monkeys grow long, silky black hair in adulthood, but infants are born with bright orange hair
- François langur monkeys have historically been hunted in China, with some communities believing that a wine made from their bones has medicinal value