Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Dusky Leaf Monkey and Its Orange Baby

Feeding on flowers at a tree top.
The baby is curious about the photographer.
The dusky leaf monkey is also known as the spectacled langur, or spectacled leaf monkey. Scientifically known as Trachypithecus obscurus and is a species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family. It is found in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Southern Thailand.

They are very cute looking creatures. There are large white circles ringing each eye giving the the appearance of sporting eyeglasses, with a thatch of light fur crowning its head. In addition to the white circles around each eye, the dusky leaf monkey also has white skin surrounding its mouth and creamy white coloring on its stomach region. The monkey's fur is a dark gray.

Although the adult dusky leaf monkey is typically gray in color, the babies are born a very bright orange or yellow. Only after about six months, the baby's fur starts to turn gray, and by ten months, the young monkey has usually darkened to a gray , just a lighter shade than the adult.

The dusky leaf monkey is arboreal, meaning that it spends most of its time high up in trees. They can live in a variety of habitats, from riverline and coastal forests to parks in urban areas, as long as there is enough food supply. They live in small groups. Dusky leaf monkeys prefer to feed on young leaves, although it will also eat fruits and flowers.