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  • English name
    Purple-faced Langur
  • ClassificationPrimates, Cercopithecidae
  • Scientific nameTrachypithecus Vetulus

Purple-faced Langur
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The Purple-faced Langur is a monkey that lives only in the forests of Sri Lanka. Their numbers have dropped to a half over the last few decades due to deforestation and hunting.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 49.5 to 60.8cm / Female 48.5 to 54cm
Tail length: Male 61.8 to 85.3cm / Female 66.6 to 82cm
Weight: Male 6.7 to 9.4kg / Female 5.1 to 7.5kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Purple-faced Langur lives only in the forests of Sri Lanka.

What they eat

The Purple-faced Langur loves to eat tree leaves.

What they are like

The Purple-faced Langur lives in packs among rival packs within a small area. For this reason, the males engage in fierce territorial bouts to overtake other packs.

Find out more about the Purple-faced Langur!

Many packs live together in a small area
The Purple-faced Langur is a monkey that lives only in Sri Lanka. They live in the forest sustaining mainly on tree leaves. The Purple-faced Langur forms a group of five to ten monkeys consisting of one leader male and several female monkeys and their children. The group moves about in an area of about 20,000 to 30,000 square meters, which is relatively small compared to other types of monkeys. Each group guards its territory whilst living closely amongst other packs in a concentrated area.

Their number will continue to decline, unless something is done...
Due to Sri Lanka's deforestation and hunting, the Purple-faced Langur has dropped to a half of its existence in a matter of a few decades. Deforestation potentially destroys large numbers of Purple-faced Langurs at a time because they live in packs within small and concentrated areas. Unless something is done, the number of Purple-faced Langur could drop by another half in the next few decades.

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