Updated book on Proboscis monkeys of Borneo launched

Masidi (second left), permanent secretary, Datuk Michael Emban (left), Chan Hin Ching and Datuk C.L. Chan (right) at the press launch.

Masidi (second left), permanent secretary, Datuk Michael Emban (left), Chan Hin Ching and Datuk C.L. Chan (right) at the press launch.

KOTA KINABALU: The first book ever published on Proboscis monkeys ‘Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo’ written by Elizabeth Bennett and Francis Gombek 19 years ago was recently revised and updated with new photographs.

It was published as a limp-back edition by Kota Kinabalu-based Natural History Publications (Borneo).

During the press launch, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said all of these (the monkeys) were given by God, which is why it should be protected.

“This animal has been touted as the iconic playboy of the rivers. I hope people will realise that though plantations are important to the state’s economy, what will happen when the plantations are gone?

“With the efforts of the Wildlife Department, in collaboration with the Orang Sungei, tour operators and the plantation managers on the Kinabatangan, I am very optimistic that this endemic monkey of Borneo will be perpetually protected for the enjoyment of future generations,” said Masidi.

He congratulated the author, Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, who is the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, and the publisher, Datuk C.L. Chan, for making this informative and attractive book available again.

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