We're SO EXCITED to introduce the newest member of our Zoo family: a baby François' langur! This little girl was born on December 13 to first time mom and dad Mei Mei and Chester. This is the first birth of this species at the Zoo.
When she was first born, our team noticed Mei Mei wasn’t attending to her, which isn’t uncommon for first time moms. So our vet staff took the baby to the animal hospital for a warming bath and some food. Thanks to advanced planning, input from the Species Survival Plan and great response and action from keepers and veterinarians, we were able to get mom and baby back together on day one, and reunited with the group just a few days later.
We're happy to say the entire family is doing great!
We've named her Quý Báu (pronounced “Qwee-bow”) which means “precious” in Vietnamese. François' langurs are native to Southern China and Northern Vietnam and are classified as Endangered by the IUCN.
The moment I saw her there, dressed head to toe in khaki and covered in animal shit, I knew she was a keeper.