Saturday, February 16, 2013

Updated book on Proboscis monkeys of Borneo launched

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 Sabah 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.