Zoo Knoxville welcomes baby Silvered-leaf langur monkey
The Silvered-leaf langur was born on June 16 at Zoo Knoxville and just made his debut in the monkeys’ outdoor exhibit.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Zoo Knoxville welcomed a baby Silvered-leaf langur monkey back on June 26. The bright orange baby monkey named Mikey was able to join the outdoor habitat for the first time on Tuesday.
The Silvered-leaf langur troop at the zoo consists of eight members, including the newest baby. Each monkey has an average life span of 30 years in captivity, according to the Zoo Knoxville website.
Mikey’s orange color is not abnormal. All Silvered-leaf langur babies are born orange, which zoo officials interpret as a camoflouge technique because the langurs’ natural predators cannot see color.
The baby may only end up weighing one pound as that is the average weight for male langurs.
Both mother and baby were healthy, and the birth was noneventful, Zoo Knoxville officials said.
Silvered-leaf langurs’ population is considered nearly threatened of endangerment, the zoo website stated. The baby langur is the next part of Zoo Knoxville’s Species Survival Plan.
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