Regurgitation and remastication in the foregut-fermenting proboscis
Matsuda I, Murai T, Clauss M, Yamada T, Tuuga A, Bernard H, Higashi S.
'The Natural History of Proboscis Monkey' is a timely publication and
particularly relevant, as, apart from presenting novel research data on
the species, it also highlights some of the areas where urgent action is
needed to safeguard the long-term survival of proboscis monkeys. This
includes translocation of highly isolated populations, and
re-establishment of forest and river corridors to compensate for the many
fragmented populations of proboscis monkey; and it recommends specific
research priorities going forward, including long-term monitoring of
population numbers and distribution, and more accurate habitat and land
'The Natural History of Proboscis Monkey' also attempts to reach out to
a wider audience, by presenting information that the general public or
wildlife enthusiast may be interested in. From an eco-tourism point of
view, the importance of the proboscis monkey as a flagship species cannot
be underestimated, as unlike many other charismatic wildlife species, such
as the Bornean Orang Utans and Bornean Elephants, the proboscis monkey is
an easily observable animal with very high encounter rates in the wild.
Hence, contained in this book is useful information of recommended places
to visit to observe the proboscis monkey as well as recommended guidelines
for observing them so as to minimise disturbance and to promote
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