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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.


Small Clemency


JD DeHart

The one across the room
describes her utopia as a place
where everyone is a Christian
(she would probably say white,
too, given the chance)
and no one is gay.
I wonder how she came to be,
I wonder about the contents
of their living rooms, what they put
into her soup, and how the human
condition must always erect
an antagonist, always have someone
to excommunicate. I listen
to diverse voices, trying to find
some semblance of my own,
attempting to show kindness, clemency
to the ignorance of malice
yet ultimately fail and must move on.

JD DeHart is the author of the chapbook The Truth About Snails. His blog is
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