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Welcoming a New François Langur

At the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo

Omaha's Zoo welcomed a new female Franois langur
born on September 19, 2009.



She is on display in the Lied Jungle on the Malayan Tapir island with her mother, father and aunt. A press conference with Christie Eddie, Curator of Small Mammals was held December 30, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.

Female offspring are an important addition to the North American Associations of Zoos and Aquariums population of 68 animals. The infant, named GinLu, was found on September 19 on the ground not being cared for by its mother, Cuoi. Lied Jungle keepers worked for several weeks to teach the mother to feed and care for her properly.

It was important to have a special holding area for mother and infant for safety, ensuring the family was within sight and smell at all times. Mother and infant needed to be strongly bonded before placing the group together. By October 13, 2009, the entire group was reunited into one holding area. The aunt, Lynn, will exhibit allomothering or Aunting behaviors by holding the infant when it is not nursing.

Franois langurs are leaf-eating monkeys found in tropical Asia and live most often in multi-female groups. They are born with orange pelage which changes to black as they age. They are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009.2 as Endangered with a decreasing population trend.

Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo is located at Nebraskas I-80, Exit 454 and is open year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission prices are $11.50 for adults, $7.75 for children (ages 3  11) and $10 for seniors. Household memberships are available for $83. Additional information can be found on the website, www.omahazoo.com.

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