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  • Satish Nair

    The Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is found in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats in South India. This primate has glossy black fur on its body and golden brown fur on its head. It is similar in size and long tailed like the gray langurs. The animal is often seen encroaching into agricultural lands. Its diet consists of fruits, shoots and leaves. The species is endangered due to deforestation and poaching for its fur and flesh, the latter believed to have aphrodisiac properties.

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