Primates in general are dully colored species. Think of humans. We have no bright colors, nothing showy, and that's typical amongst our Order. Capped Langurs are a bit of an exception as you can see here. Bright orange fur covers most of their bodies making them one of my favorite species to encounter in the National Parks of Bangladesh. They are quite a large primate. weighing in as much as 14kgwhich means they must consume quite a bit of fresh leaves, fruit, bark, and flowers – the availability of each will depend on the season.
One of my favorite activities while I'm in the forest is to simply sit and watch as monkeys conduct their daily business. It's incredible how similar to us they are, and this becomes abundantly clear when one begins to spend time with them. They have complex social networks; some monkeys others trust, others they don't, some are polite, some are rude, some are lazy, some are energetic. Personalities run rampant in the animal kingdom and this extends all the way down to animals we consider to be 'simple' like turtles, which value both friends and family almost as much as we do!
Capped Langurs are considered vulnerable to extinction as their populations are declining rapidly and most are not connected to each other, which leads to unhealthy inbreeding. Despite this, they can fairly easily be seen (For how much longer though, I don't know) in many national parks in the eastern region of Bangladesh. If you get a chance, go see them while you can. Take your time with them and try to be quiet so you don't disturb their tranquil days living in the trees. Watch them, ask yourself questions, and maybe, just maybe, you'll even learn something about yourself in the process.
Photo: Scott Trageser/Nature Stills
Text: Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA)