Langur Monkey Business

Grey or Hanuman Langur Monkey, from Rajastahn, IndiaNot far beyond Jodphur's dusty sprawl lies the semi-desert, Rajasthan of India. It's not the sort of place one expects to find monkeys. But they can live here because the sandstone landscape, with its natural hollows, traps and ponds, the life-giving monsoon rains.

This ground water allows several species of cacti and thorny bush to grow here. The monkeys utilise flowers, leaves, seed pods, almost anything. But life isn't easy for them. They live on the edge of an expanding sea of desert where there's little to eat during the dry months of the year.

Grey langur monkeys are also known as Hanuman langurs, after the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, and live in large groups.

Check out other interesting, intriguing and arresting images from the NHNZ Images Stockshot Library.