|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This photograph of the elusive Nilgiri Langur (Presbytis johni) was taken at the Parambikkulam Wild life Sanctuary, Kerala, India. It is only found in the Western Ghat forests of South India.|
Like Asiatic Elephants, nothing much has been projected about Indian monkeys compared to their African cousins.India has its own ape and monkeys.Indian monkeys belong to one family, the Cercopithecdae with two subfamilies, Cercopithecnae, the macaques and Colobinae,the langurs. The Macaques are sturdy built, squat and solid where as Langurs are tall and slim and stately. Macaques also have cheek pouches and the Langurs have none. There are four sub species of langurs found in India, the Common Langur, Nilgiri or black Langur, Capped Langur, and the Golden Langur. Latest research on common Langurs in the western Ghat of South India has indicated that there are four subspecies in this group. Due to habitat destruction and other factors except for the Common Langur all others are in the threatened list. The Nilgiri langur also suffers from poachers due to its so called medicinal properties of its flesh.
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