Silver leaf langur baby in the Bronx Zoo’s JungleWorld exhibit. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS.
The silver leaf langur baby has a striking orange color in comparison to its parents’ silver coats and will continue to stand out until its fur changes color somewhere between three to five months of age. Its mother, Ruby, has kept her very close and has been caring for the new youngster in the trees of JungleWorld at WCS’s Bronx Zoo making it difficult for keepers to determine the baby’s sex.
Native to Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, nearly 80 percent of the langur’s diet consists of leaves. Silver leaf langurs are listed as “near threatened” by IUCN and are part of the Species Survival Program (SSP).
The Bronx Zoo has the largest captive breeding population of silver leaf langurs in North America. Less than 50 silver leaf langur have been born in captivity world wide.