Monday, March 21, 2011

Capped Langaur from Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, North East India

The Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary near Jorhat in Assam is the place to be if you are interested in seeing some of the rare species of primates in India. As the name suggests, this place is famous for India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. But apart from the Hoolock Gibbon, one can also see the Capped Langaur, Pig-tailed macaque and stump-tailed macaque.

During my visit here, I saw the Hoolock Gibbon, the Capped Langaur and the Pig-tailed Macaque. I tried very hard to sight a stump-tailed macaque, but this primate seemed to elude me.

Capped Langaur in Flight! Photo looks like a Oil Painting

The capped Langaur like the other Langaur species seen in India (Nilgiri Langaur, Common Langaur, Hanuman Langaur) is a fairly large mammal with a tail that is bigger than its body. It’s mighty jump between trees is a very pretty sight.

This species of primate is always seen on the higher branches of deciduous forests and seldom descends to the ground. It feeds primarily on leaves, flowers and fruits. Let’s hope that their numbers increase in India.

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