With its colorful fur, the Douc Langur is popularly regarded as the most beautiful species of monkey in the world. Their population has dropped due to habitat loss from war and deforestation, and due to their being captured for pets.
Body length: Males 55 to 63 cm, females 59.7 cm
Tail length: Males 60 to 73.5 cm, females 59.7 cm
Weight: Males 10.9 kg, females 8.2 kg
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Douc Langur lives in forests in the eastern part of Indochina, such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.
They like to eat vegetation such as tree leaves and fruits.
Their distinct colorful patterns have earned them their reputation for being the most colorful member of the monkey family.
Habitat loss from war...
You all know the tragedy of wars and how they have taken countless lives. In addition to human lives, war has also taken the lives of animals. The Douc Langur, regarded as the world's most beautiful species of monkey, is one such animal that has suffered from war. The Vietnam War that took place from the 1960's to the 1970's devastated much of their habitat with forest bombings and chemical pollution. Consequently, many Douc Langurs have disappeared.
Sought after for pets!
Unfortunately, habitat loss continues even though the war has ended. Large-scale deforestation still goes on today to provide people with lumbar or farmland. And the Douc Langur is still often captured for pet breeding because of its adorable facial features and colorful fur. At this rate, the world's most beautiful monkey may eventually disappear from the wilderness.
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