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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 Murderers Among Us


Roy Blokker

The murderers among us
Are simple folk
Driven by the bottom line.
Their motto is
If not me, then someone else.
They manufacture cigarettes
They make weapons
They frack the earth
And tout the glories of finite
They pay for sex in squalid places,
Taking their pleasure from
The bodies of slaves,
They invent enemies
In the mirror
And walk, heads bent
In houses of delusion
With cramped knees
Well slept:
If not me, someone.
The murderers among us
Keep their silence
Under lock and key
With their specie and their
They do not regret like unicorns,
They only mourn lost sales.

Roy Blokker was born in Holland in 1950. His parents immigrated when he was two. Roy graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, cutting his teeth on social issues while reaching maturity (debatably, according to many) during the Sixties. He worked as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for 31 years. Roy is now retired and devoting his energies to the art and the craft of writing. He has written The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich: The Symphonies (with Robert Dearling), the novel Amber Waves, and five collections of poetry, the latest of which is a tribute to the soldier-poets of World War One entitled Charles Sorley's Ghost. His work has appeared in The American Dissident, Clever, Black Heart, First Line, American Aesthetic, Leaves of Ink, and Highlights for Children, among others. Roy and his bride of forty years live in Glacier country in Montana.
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