Among the 300-plus animals at Primarily Primates, there is one unlike any other—and that’s hanuman langur Kalpana. When Kalpana arrived at PPI from University of California Berkeley where she was used for behavioral research, we received little information about her past. Our staff decided to name her after Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born female U.S. astronaut. Kalpana means, “idea” or “imagination.” She has a reputation among care staff for her gentle nature. She enjoys inspecting care staff for any treats that may or may not be visible in their hands. Endangered hanuman langurs, named after the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, are considered sacred in India. They are also found in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Burma.

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