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Meet The Red-Shanked Douc – The Most Colorful Primate Ever (10 Pics)

The Red-shanked Douc is one of the brightest colored monkeys around, with its vibrant orangey-yellow face and reddish-brown legs.

Even their tails are unique, they are long and white and have a specific white fur triangle around the bottom.

They also sport white whiskers and forearms, the rest of their body is black and grey.

They grow around 2 feet tall with their tails alone reaching 2.5 feet. They weigh around 18-26lbs.

Their name ‘Red-Shanked Douc’ comes from the Vietnamese language and means ‘Five-Colored Macaque.’

These unique apes are rarely seen on the ground, you can find them among the treetops, usually in a social group.

Their diet consists of leaves, flowers, buds, seeds and fruit.

Red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus)

They are native to certain parts of Asia and can be found between Vietnam and Cambodia.

Habitat loss is a large threat for this unique species, their home is being lost due to excessive logging.

Red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus)

Another threat is hunting, Doucs are targeted for their subsistence and traditional medicine.

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!