Meet Hose’s langur, a Borneo monkey. I’ve learned a new term after finding this lovely full-color monkey plate to share with you. The langurs are “Old World” monkeys with big bellys and a complicated digestive system for digesting leaves.
Unlike lemurs, the langur’s long tail is not prehensile. They use their tail as a counterweight to maintain their balance. It allows them to jump up to 12 meters. Some species also use tail movements to signal each other to threats or to show dominance.
You can learn more about langurs from the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and enjoy photographs of the animals they care for.
This borneo monkey drawing is from the Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London for the year 1889. The scientific journal has provided a number of full-color plates and black and white drawings of a variety of animals. This gray, black and white monkey is obviously one of the lovely full-color ones. The drawing shows a single animal standing on a tree branch. You can see the sweet face of the langur as well as his exceptionally long tail.
Fortunately, the folks who scanned this public domain work provided large scans. The image you see below is re-sized to fit the page. Just click on it to obtain the largest size we have.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.