Seethathodu: Timely and strict intervention by the state forest department against poachers, has ensured that the Nilgiri langurs are showing a positive annual growth in their figures. The langurs have been classified as 'vulnerable' due to habitat destruction and poaching for fur and flesh to make aphrodisiacs and medicines. Locally known as 'karingurangu', now more of them are being spotted in Goodrikal forest range of the department’s Kollam circle. They are moving to new areas across the range.
The Nilgiri langur belongs to the genus Semnopithecus, which includes Old World monkeys native to Indian subcontinent.
The primates, easily distinguishable for their bodies covered in glossy black fur and golden soft hair, inhabit evergreen forests. They move about in groups having five to fifteen members feeding on fruits and leaves. With a lifespan of 22 years, the male and female Nilgiri langurs turn into adults in three and two years respectively.
Shy of humans, this monkey species are largely seen on the Gavi-Moozhiyar route, Pathanamthitta. They are also be found at Moozhiyar crossing, Aranamudi, Pachakanam, and Nalaam mile check posts. They are also frequent vistors at the IC Tunnel and Gavi-Minar roads.