Gorgeous endangered primate born at Twycross Zoo

The infant was born recently at the zoo, and this new arrival brings the number of Francois’ langurs in Twycross Zoo’s troop to eight, with the last addition being born back in 2022

A special Easter birth has been announced at Twycross Zoo. The Warwickshire-based attraction has welcomed a baby Francois’ langur – an extremely endangered species of primate.

The little one was born at the zoo recently and has joined a group of eight Francois’ langurs at Twycross Zoo – with the last new addition born in 2022.

Francois’ langurs come from China and northern Vietnam. They are declared “endangered” by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List because of their declining numbers in the wild due to threats like habitat destruction.

There’s only an estimated 2000 Francois’ langurs left in the wild, making this birth crucial to the survival of the species.

The newborn has been in the care of its experienced, 17 year old mother and the rest of the animals since it arrived. It’s also under the careful supervision of the zoo’s team of primate experts, caretakers, and vets.

Twycross Zoo’s Director of Conservation, Dr Rebecca Biddle, said about the newcomer: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce the birth of a Francois’ langur at Twycross Zoo. It’s always a special occasion when we welcome a new animal to the zoo, but this birth is an especially important one because of how endangered the species is. As a conservation charity, our main goal is to look after and protect the different species we share our planet with. The birth of a new Francois’ langur is great news, as there are only about 2000 of them left in the wild. Sadly, the number of Francois’ langurs in the wild keeps going down, so this new baby is a welcome addition to the group and gives us hope for the future of this species.”

Kelly Salisbury, who looks after primates at Twycross Zoo, was one of the first people to find the baby, who was born during the night. She shared her thoughts on the new arrival: “The team is incredibly excited to welcome a baby Francois’ langur to the zoo. With their bright orange fur, baby Francois’ langurs are easy to spot and visitors will be able to see them easily on their next visit.

“With the Easter holidays happening now, it’s the perfect time for guests to come and meet our new baby Francois’ langur and learn more about this interesting species.”

In addition to seeing the newest member of the zoo, guests can also take part in fun Easter activities until Sunday 14 April 2024. Included in the price of their ticket, visitors can join in the brand new Zoodunnit Mystery Trail; find hidden Easter eggs to win instant prizes; and until Friday 5 April meet Louie the giant animatronic orangutan.

You can explore 100 acres of outdoor space and meet hundreds of animals from 70 different species – including giraffes, penguins, tigers and four types of great apes.

Twycross Zoo now offers a new annual ticket. Visitors can pay for one day and then visit for free for the next 12 months, enjoying a whole year of fun.