“Langurs leap with staggering athleticism across the rooftops of Jodpur, India. Seeing these creatures as much at home in this concrete jungle as they ever were in the trees is a fascinating spectacle – they move with assured and determined fluidity between buildings, the ultimate parkour athletes.
The true revelation, though, is the way they co-exist with humans at ground level.
People feed the langurs, and they in turn grace the city’s gardens with their presence. It is a harmony that is moving to behold.
In the temple gardens of Jodhpur, India, the langurs have, over centuries, developed a surprising relationship, one that guarantee’s them a constantly replenished source of food. The people here associate langurs with the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman, and revere them.
They’re given all the food they can eat and this high-energy diet has led to a baby boom. Female langurs in this city give birth to twice as many young as their forest counterparts. The mothers are so well fed that their rich milk can support something rarely seen in the wild – twins. And all these babies can create troops that are far larger than those found in the forests nearby.
With less time spent looking for food, there is more time for play.”
Type of Partnership: Win-Win for Public and Planet
The langurs benefit from a high-energy diet, which has led to a baby boom. Female langurs in this city give birth to twice as many young as their forest counterparts. The mothers are so well fed that their rich milk can support something rarely seen in the wild – twins. In addition to providing a source of spiritual reverence for humans, the langurs also provide economic benefits through increased tourism.