MEMPHIS, TENN. – It’s a birth for the record books. “Ripley,” a male François langur, was born to mom, “Tanah,” and dad, “Jay Jay,” on April 12, 2017. All three members are currently on exhibit, along with sisters “Raven,” “Rook” and “Jean Grey.”
Tanah is the oldest langur to give birth, according to the François langur Species Survival Plan (SSP), the leading authority on the total François langur population. Ripley was named in honor of the record-breaking fact – Ripley comes from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”
“This is our third François langur birth in three years,” said Courtney Janney, Curator of Large Mammals. “These animals live in social groups, and their young are raised communally. Tanah is taking very good care of him, but sisters Jean Grey and Raven spend a lot of time helping out by carrying him around!”
Visitors to the François langur exhibit will be able to spot little Ripley quite easily. When they’re born, infants are bright orange. As they get older, their orange slowly fades into the black coat that all adults have.
Memphis Zoo has had François langurs in our collection since 2002.