Sunday, July 18, 2010

Raffles Museum Treasures: Banded leaf monkey

Banded leaf monkey (Presbytis femoralis)
Collected from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, October 1987
Native to Singapore: Critically Endangered

This elderly female was the last survivor of the troop which once inhabited the forests of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. One day in October 1987, she left the safety of the trees and descended to the ground, where she was set upon and fatally mauled by a pack of dogs.

In the 1920s, this monkey was reported to be present in various parts of Singapore, including Changi, Tampines, Bukit Timah, Pandan and Tuas. Today, the species still barely clings on in the forests of the Central Catchment Area, where at least 40 are known to roam the MacRitchie and Lower Peirce Reservoir areas.

Rare Singapore monkey species in better shape than thought
Wildlife Singapore
Singapore Red Data Book
NParks FaunaWeb
Ecology Asia
The Primata
IUCN Red List

(Photo by hiker1974)