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“Francois Langur” by Kathy Salerni.
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The slender black monkey with the hat-like crest known widely as François’s langur is actually anywhere from five to seven subspecies that have been grouped together François’s langurs are diurnal (active during the day). A noisy bunch, they careen through the treetops looking for tasty leaves and fruits.

François’ langurs tend to live in “harems” of a single male and many females, plus all of their offspring. When infants are born, they are cared for by both their own mothers and unrelated babysitters—called “allomothers” or sometimes “aunts.” This behavior may provide parenting practice for young langurs who have not yet had offspring of their own, as well as giving moms a much-needed break.for their genetic, behavioral, and geographic similarity.


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