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GOLDEN LANGUR

Indian sub continent.....Land of Contrasts.

The Golden Langur long considered sacred by Himalayan people is one of the endangered species in India. It was first discovered by naturalist EP Gee in 1950 and it is found in parts Bhutan and western part of Assam. A beautiful primate....was initially discovered in1838 in central Bhutan.

The coat of the adult golden langur ranges from cream to golden on its flanks and chest the hairs are darker and often rust coloured; the coats of the juveniles and females are lighter, silvery white to light buff. The golden langur has a black face and a very long tail measuring up to 50 cm (19.69 in) in length.

For the most part, the langur is confined to high trees where its long tail serves as a balancer when it leaps across branches. During the rainy season it obtains water from dew and rain drenched leaves . Its diet is herbivorous, consisting of ripe and unripe fruits, mature and young leaves, seeds, buds and flowers.
It generally lives in troops of about 8 (but sometimes up to 50) with several females to each adult male. The smallest golden langur troop was composed of four individuals, while the largest had 22, giving an average value of 8.2 individuals per troop. The adult gender ratio was 2.3 females to every male, although the majority of groups had only one adult male.





 

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