This little fellow here is Nangua, the latest member of the Taronga Zoo family in Sydney (and probably its cutest too).
Nangua is a male Francois’ Iangur, a rare monkey species found in northern Vietnam and southern China. He has big eyes, even bigger ears, and bright orange fur – which would explain why he was named after the Mandarin word for ‘pumpkin’.
According to his keepers, Francois’ Iangurs are born with orange, brown, or white fur to help adults identify infants. Their fur slowly turns black as they grow. So far things are going great for the little monkey. Adults even take turns taking care of him in what’s referred to as Allomothering:
‘He’s still quite wobbly on his legs, but his head control is very strong and he’s gripping and climbing well. The adults are starting to let him climb off them briefly, which shows they’re happy with his progress’.
Nangua was born last November 7, making her one of the last 2000 or so of his kind. Once widespread, Francois’ Iangurs populations are now dwindling, no thanks to habitat loss and poaching for traditional medicine.