“Red-shanked Douc Pygathrix nemaeus is a species of old world monkey, among the most colorful of all primates. This guy sometime was called the “costumed ape” for its extravagant appearance. From its knees to its ankles it sports maroon-red "stockings", and it appears to wear white forearm length gloves. Its attire is finished with black hands and feet. The golden face is framed by a white ruff, which is considerably fluffier in males. The eyelids are a soft powder blue. The tail is white with a triangle of white hair at the base. Males of all ages have a white spot on both sides of the corners of the rump patch, and red and white genitals”.
Distribution and Habitat
The red-shanked douc langur is one of three species of doc langurs (the gray-shanked and black-shanked are the other two) and is native to Indochina, inhabiting the undisturbed evergreen, semi-evergreen, and limestone forests of east-central Laos and northern and central Vietnam. These Endangered primates make their home in the mid to upper levels of the forest canopy.
Laos hosts the largest and most stable population of red-shanked douc langurs; they live in the Nam Theun basin and its surroundings, including several protected areas. By contrast, Vietnam’s red-shanked douc langur population is smaller, having suffered significant decline due to years of human-caused destruction. However, a population of about 200 individuals, from 12 different groups, currently live at Vietnam’s Son Tra Nature Reserve.
Sightings of the species in northern Cambodia have recently been reported.
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