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A rare monkey was born this month at San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, zoo officials said Wednesday.

The monkey is a Franois langur, an endangered species native to dense forests of southwest China and northern Vietnam.

Marianne Hale/San Francisco Zoo & Gardens A rare Franois langur monkey was born at San Francisco Zoo and Gardens in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, September 8, 2019. The species is endangered and native to China and northern Vietnam.

The species are black in color but the infants are born a bright, almost neon orange that allows them to be easily seen among their group, zoo officials said.

The orange will fade to a darker coloration as the monkey grows older.

The gender of the infant, born on Sept. 8, isn’t yet known. The monkey was born to a 17-year-old female and 9-year-old male. The zoo will soon announce a naming contest, with information available on social media, zoo officials said.

Marianne Hale/San Francisco Zoo & Gardens A rare Franois langur monkey was born at San Francisco Zoo and Gardens in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, September 8, 2019. The species is endangered and native to China and northern Vietnam.

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