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Banded Leaf Monkey Presbytis femoralis femoralis


The tail is longer than its body length.

Adopting a seating posture while feeding.

Leaping down to a tree

Photographs by K W Chan April 05

A tribe of Banded Leaf Monkeys on the move.

Photographs by K W Chan. Oct 2004




Status: Endangered

Interesting Facts: The 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).

Size: 68-80cm.

Diet: Fruit and fresh leaves.

Activity: 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.

Habitat: Forest habitats restricted to Central Catchment Area, a small population believed to be about 20 individuals.

Threats: Habitat destruction and too small population causing in-breeding.

References: The Singapore Red Data Book

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Specimen at RMBR


The call of the banded leaf monkey.

Audio contributed by Linda Chan