MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is excited to
announce the birth of a baby Francois langur. The
baby, a female, was born October 27 and has been named “Raven.” She resides with her mother, “Tanah”, her
father, “JayJay” and her half-sister, “Jean Grey.” The langurs are on exhibit, when weather
allows, in the China exhibit near the Zoo’s two giant pandas.
Francois langur, an Asian-native monkey, was named after the French Consul in
China who discovered the species. These unique animals are known for their
distinct facial markings – their faces are completely black except for the two
white strips of fur along both mandibles from mouth to ears. Langurs are fairly
small animals. Males typically only weigh up to about 16 pounds and females
weigh up to 12 pounds. Langur babies are
born with bright orange heads and their color changes to black as they mature.
Langurs are folivorous, meaning they eat leaves almost exclusively.
“Raven” received her name in a tribute to her birthday being near
Halloween and also to continue the superhero theme of the names of other
langurs previously in the troop, “Vicki Vale”, “Jean Grey” and “Bruce Wayne.”