Banded Leaf Monkey is suspected to be a subspecies unique to
Singapore, closely related to the South Johor race Presbytis
femoralis australis. It was discovered in Changi, Tampines,
Bukit Timah, Pandan and Tuas in 1925. A tribe was presented
in Bukit Timah in the early 80's. However, the last one died
in October 1987 - in the snapping jaws of five dogs. The elderly
female monkey, the last member of the tribe at Bukit Timah forest,
now gazes sadly at visitors from a container in the Raffles
Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR).
Fruit and fresh leaves.
Arboreal and gregarious, travelling in troops, usually move
in an extended line. Each monkey follows the same route through
the tree tops. It can leap very well.
Forest habitats restricted to Central Catchment Area, a small
population believed to be about 20 individuals.
Habitat destruction and too small population causing in-breeding.
The Singapore Red Data Book
call of the banded leaf monkey.
Audio contributed by Linda Chan