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The Blanded Leaf Monkey: photo from Christian ArtusoThe Banded Leaf Monkey is a species of monkey which is endemic to the Thai-Malay Peninsula and the island of Sumatra. It is diurnal and is found in mixed mangrove, primary freshwater, riverbank, primary lowland logged, scrub-grassland riverbank, and secondary riverbank habitats. Arboreal and gregarious, it is primarily frugivorous, as its diet consists principally of fruit and immature leaves. It is found in taller trees of swampy peat forest in Malay Peninsula, while in Singapore it is limited to primary, secondary, swamp, and dryland rainforests of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve where less than 40 individuals still struggle to exist. Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened. Additionally, infant mortality rate is extremely high for these monkeys - probably more than 50 per cent, which greatly affects their replacement numbers. Deforestation and conversion of habitat would appear to be the major threats to this species. It is particularly affected by oil palm plantations, which are expanding very rapidly within its range. In Singapore, which cites the monkey as precious to their history, there is an effort to protect the remaining forest habitats, and to police its habitat against poaching and human disturbances.


The Interrogation - Ken Poyner Imagining the tender interrogator is as hard as it is to couch terror in soft words

A Penny for Your Thinking - Whit Young This parable asks us to consider how much our savings are really worth

The Last Case - Alan Swyer When mobsters and crooks are the clean ones, what has the white collar world been doing?

May Day in Munich, 2013 - James Hannon Some of the old animosities, cloaked for a time, hover just before the surface

Dark Halls and Cold Hearts: The Magdalene Girls - Desiree Simons A remembering of a time forgot, although the institutions were closed as recently as 2002.

The Mexican in the Bathroom - Weldon H. Sandusky How do we measure mental illness when the culture is equally socially ill? [This is the third of a series of five installments Issues Eighteen to Twenty-Five]

Shake Off the Night: A Peabody Winston Back Porch Tale - Peabody Winston We often forget that when the war is over and the soldiers come home that the war is not over

The Button Workers - Donal Mahoney The end of the worker's complaints might be just what the employer is looking for

Small Clemency - JD DeHart The vicissitudes of human hatred, burdensome and always troubling, are not easy to sort out

Of Sons and Sacrifice - Iftekhar Sayeed Another tale of deceit and revolution and a reminder that the political is always personal

The Murderers Among Us - Roy Blokker The arguments we use to shuffle off our responsibilities are thin


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