The Red-shanked Douc Langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) is the most beautiful primate I’ve ever seen a picture of.
The first time I discovered them I was flipping through The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates. I was looking for inspiration to make a primate mask for our Earth Day parade in Ranomafana, Madagascar. I couldn’t get over how beautiful their eyes were, and the general majesty of them. The fact that they’re folivores didn’t hurt either, as I’m a BIG folivore fan. So I painted a Douc Langur mask. I wish I could show you pictures but someone must of thought I was a semi-decent artist as they ‘borrowed’ it and I had to go as a Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata).
Douc langurs are found in Southeast Asia, specifically in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The red-shanked douc langur lives in lowland to montane primary and secondary rainforest where it lives in the mid to upper levels of the canopy.
Langurs are part of the colobine monkey family, but the douc langur is more closely related to proboscis monkeys than langurs.
Humans are the main predator of the red-shanked douc langur, and this species is threatened throughout their limited range by habitat destruction and hunting.
The red-shanked douc langur is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and CITES I prohibits international trade. However, Vietnamese laws protecting the douc langurs have proven difficult to enforce and their populations are still under threat.