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Adorable endangered baby monkey born at safari park in northern Thailand

An adorable critically endangered baby monkey was born at a safari park in northern Thailand. The newborn red-shanked douc langur was monitored by conservationists at their facility to ensure its survival before being sent to the Chiang Mai Night Safari to live with its family. The juvenile primate is in good health now and joined its family of ten other colourful langurs in an enclosure available to zoo guests for viewing. Safari park Executive Director Benjapol Nakprasert said: 'The baby monkey is strong, healthy and enjoying its new home. It will be well-cared for by our staff.' Red-shanked douc are known as one of the most beautiful langurs in the world for their unique colours - with a yellow-orange face and ears that appear to be powdered with theatrical makeup and live off of flowers, leaf sprouts, insects, and fruits. The species was listed as critically endangered by the non-government organisation International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These monkeys are found in the forests of Indochina countries, especially Vietnam and Laos, but due to hunting for medicinal purposes where their bones are ground to a paste, their population had declined to near extinction. Regarded as rare wildlife, they fall under the Convention on International Trade in Thailand that exist only in a few zoos.

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