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The Capped Langur (Trachypithecus pileatus) is an old world monkey species. Due to habitat loss and also hunting for their beautiful coat and meat their numbers in the wild have been reduced to such an extent that the species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. The Capped Langur is an arboreal species and the monkeys seldom come down to the ground to drink. The moist leaves and fruits that they consume provide them with enough water to survive. This species has been little studied scientifically due to its shy and elusive nature.

It was always a dream for me to see this species in the wild, so I took a journey of five full days from Bangalore in southern India by train to this beautiful state of Arunachal. I had planned for a week long trip to watch this species and also to bird watch in that region. The first two days of my trip got rained out and sat in the tent hopelessly. On the third day as I was walking along the river side, I could see a group of around eight Capped Langurs feeding on the tall rain forest trees, so I walked very slowly towards them and hid myself behind some large boulders and where I stayed put for about an hour or so. After some time, the monkeys called to each other in a very non threatening way and continued to feed, so I started to take some images. The females of this species with young are very shy and always kept their distance. At around 4:30PM, when it was getting dark, I spotted one female with a young one that was behaving in a very relaxed manner and allowed me to take some pictures. This particular image grabbed my attention due to the way that baby was clinging to its mother, as though to tell me and the audience about the species' vulnerability. This photograph was taken at Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India.

Equipment Used: Canon 1DMK3, Canon 500mm f/4L IS, 1.4x TC, handheld. Processed using Adobe Photoshop CS3.

About the Photographer: To learn more about Clement Francis, please visit his website at: www.clementfrancis.com.

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