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This pair of Langurs have just landed in Cork

Howya boys.

FOTA WILDLIFE PARK has two new arrivals.

They’re monkeys… But not just any old monkeys.

As the Fota press department went to great lengths to highlight this afternoon – these monkeys are from a species that’s more than a little geographically appropriate.

monkeys Source: Darragh Kane

They’re François Langur Monkeys you see – one of the world’s rarest species.

The pair of males – named Yinx and Ki (above) – who came from Twycross Zoo in the UK, are the latest additions to the park’s Asian Sanctuary, which opened earlier this year.

“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,” Fota’s head of marketing Stephen Ryan said.

The Asian area is already home to tigers, rhino, spotted deer, macaques and warty pigs.

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And in case you were wondering:

“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.”

Also known as François’ leaf monkeys, the brow-ridged langur and the white-side burned black leaf monkey - Ryan said he believed that in Cork “they’ll be known as a Langur”*.

*We counted four tongue-in-cheek references to the Cork slang word in the press release. And we welcome your own unique additions to that list, below… 

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