Red-shanked douc

The most colorful of all primates, known as the “Queen of primates” thanks to their unique and distinctive appearance

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The Red-shanked douc has white forearms, grey to black upper legs, deep red lower legs, and black hands and feet. They also have vibrant yellow-orange faces that appear covered with theatrical makeup. Males have round white spots above the white triangle on their rump, while females do not have them.

They are arboreal, which means they eat and sleep on the trees, but they do get to the ground to eat dirt that contains minerals or to drink water. These primates are listed as Critically Endangered as their population is mainly threatened by hunting, often for traditional medicine and subsistence use. They are also hunted for pets and food.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Cambodia
2015
Laos
2015
Vietnam
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size)/ Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No