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Fota Welcome a Pair of Langurs to Cork

Visitors to Fota Wildlife Park may have a giggle at the name of the Cork attractions new residents the François Langur Monkeys.

Sounding very like a very famous Cork slang word, the François Langurs are one of the world's rarest monkeys and are found in northeast Vietnam and in two Chinese provinces: Guangxi and Guizhou. The pair of males who are named Yinx and Ki both came from Twycross Zoo in the UK are the latest additions to the parks  Asian Sanctuary which is already home to tigers, rhino, spotted deer, macaques and warty pigs,

Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park Stephen Ryan believes they will become a popular addition to the park "the monkeys and gibbons are always a favourite amongst the public as they are so active and these guys already seem to move around all day". The Langurs are a smallish monkey weighing about 13 pounds, with a very slender body and a tail that is very long and thin, measuring about three feet in length.

François’ langurs with their black fur with white stripes around their cheeks are also known as François’ leaf monkeys, brow-ridged langur and white-side burned black leaf monkey. However Mr Ryan believes that in Cork "they'll be known as a Langur" like the famous song by local band Natural Gas.

The François langur belongs to a group of primates called leaf monkeys, as it eats large amounts of leaves. It even has a special stomach to help it digest plant fibres.

The main threats to the endangered species include hunting, mainly for use in producing traditional medicines (such as ‘black ape wine’) and habitat loss as farming and human settlements expand. While these threats continue there are sections of their habitat protected as national parks in both Vietnam and China.

The public can now see 4 year old Yinx and 3 year old Ki on their newly opened island at the Asian Sanctuary at Fota Wildlife Park in East Cork.