An Endangered François’ langur was born at Whipsnade Zoo’s Monkey Forest on the early hours of Saturday 17 February. Now the conservation zoo is asking for the public help to name the new arrival.   


Zookeepers at the UK’s largest zoo have been able to sex the bright orange infant already, confirming that it’s a boy! 

Baby francois langur at Whipsnade Zoo
Baby francois langur at Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade’s Animals Operations Manager Hayley Jakeman said the public and visitors have been very excited and curious about the new arrival, who visitors will be able to see in the brand new Monkey Forest habitat which opens to the public this Easter.   


"We’re looking for a name which really celebrates how important this little monkey is. François’ langurs are sadly Endangered, and in China and Vietnam their numbers continue to fall in the wild. It really makes the birth of this male internationally important and a chance to celebrate," Hayley said.   


Hayley added: “The public have until Sunday 17 March to suggest a name, and the François’ langur keepers will choose their favourite from all of those submitted. The winner will receive free tickets to Whipsnade Zoo, as well as a guided preview of Monkey Forest – we can’t wait to see all the suggestions!” 


T&Cs apply.

The window for entries will close at midnight on 17 March 2024. 

The prize is non-transferable and includes a family pass (two adult tickets and two children) to Whipsnade Zoo with a private guided tour of Monkey Forest.  

The winning name will be selected by Whipsnade zookeepers team from the list of names suggested. The keepers’ decision is final.  

If a name is submitted by multiple parties and selected by the keepers, those parties will go into a random draw and a winner will be selected.



ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Langur Naming competition terms and conditions

Prizes and benefits
  • There will be one winner in total. The winner will receive 2 adult tickets and 2 children tickets to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, as well as a preview of Monkey Forest alongside a zookeeper before it’s opening on 29th March 2024.
  • The winner will be given a voucher valid for use within 12 months, and the preview of Monkey Forest is subject to availability at time of booking. The preview of Monkey Forest must be redeemed before 29th March 2024 so the winner must visit before that date. 
  • By entering the prize draw each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions as well as ZSL London Zoo’s General Admission and Experiences Terms, which can be found here. 
  • Prizes are non-transferable and a cash alternative is not available. ZSL reserves the right to terminate, amend or extend this promotion without incurring liability, in the event circumstances affect its ability to operate the competition. We will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and we can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.
About the Competition
  • The competition is owned by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity dedicated to the protection of animals and their habitats.
  • The ‘ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Langur Naming’ competition encourages people to submit a name suggestion and include a reason behind it via the ZSL website. Participants will need to submit a name and email address when submitting the name online.
  • The competition is open to UK residents only.
  • Employees of ZSL, volunteers, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion, and their families, are not eligible to enter.
  • ZSL accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete or illegible for any reason.
  • It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure they have read and adhered to the competition rules set out below and that their entry complies with ZSL’s requirements.
  • Any entry found not to comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.
  • The decision of ZSL on all matters relating to the competition is final and binding. No negotiation will be considered and prizes are non-transferrable.
How to enter
  • The competition is open to entrants of all ages but submissions must be made by adults aged 18 years or over.
  • Enter by submitting a name and reason for choosing the name by midnight on 17th March 2024.
  • Entrants will guess the combined weight of two of ZSL London Zoo’s penguins to the nearest 10th of a gram. If it is not possible for any reason to weigh the two penguins named in any advertisements for the competition, ZSL reserves the right to weigh any two of ZSL London Zoo’s penguins.
  • The competition is not open to ZSL employees, volunteers and their relatives.
  • Entries received after 17th March 2024 will not be entered into the competition.
Selecting the winner
  • The winning name will be selected by the Whipsnade Zoo primate zookeepers team from the list of names entered in the competition. The zookeepers decision will be final.
  • The winner will be contacted via their email address given when entering and will be provided with the information on how to claim. Once the winner has been contacted, the winning name will be announced on ZSL’s social media accounts including Instagram and Facebook.
  • If a name is submitted by multiple parties and selected by the zookeepers, those parties will go into a random draw and a winner will be selected.
  • ZSL will attempt to contact the winner two times only. ZSL does not accept any responsibility if the winner is not able to take up the prize.
  • Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by ZSL.
  • ZSL shall not be responsible for entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause.
Data protection
  • By entering the competition, each entrant agrees that any personal information provided by you when you enter this competition, may only be held by ZSL for the duration of the competition, and used only for the purpose of administering the competition, including the use of the winners’ email address to directly contact them and to provide them with details of their prize.
  • If you have previously signed up to receive email communication from ZSL, or you have ticked the box to sign up whilst entering the competition, ZSL will retain and use your data in line with our privacy policy.
Governing Law

These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.