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Nilgiri Langur



Nilgiri Langur (Presbytis johni) is a glossy black monkey with a yellowish brown head. It has a long tail and is similar in size to the common Langur. It is commonly found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats and also in Kodagu District in Karnataka, Palani hills in Tamil Nadu and Anamalai, Brahmagiri and Cardamom hills in Kerala. The group size ranges from 3 to 25 individuals. The Nilgiri Langur is exclusively vegetarian, and its diet is composed mainly of mature leaves, but it also eats young leaves and fruit. At present there is a decline in the number of these animals, because of the destruction of Shola forests and due to a number of other human activities.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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