Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo

By: BENNETT, Elizabeth L.

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Second edition. Illustrated, pp vi, 82, papeback, a very good copy. [The proboscis monkey, one of Borneo's most famous wild creatures, is mainly found in coastal swamp forests and does not occur anywhere else in the world. A great fascination for travellers throughout the past two centuries and today's concerned scientists and conservationists, the proboscis monkey is a most unique and peculiar mammal. This book helps explain the proboscis monkey's social organisation, habits, biology, restricted distribution and conservation needs and contains some of the best and most dramatic colour photographs of this species in its natural surroundings. Proboscis monkeys have been making spectacular first impressions on people for a long time. Early naturalists could not agree, though, whether the animals were amazingly wonderful or amazingly grotesque. One of the earliest reports of proboscis monkeys in the wild came from British officer Hugh Low. As long ago as 1848, he said that the proboscis monkey "is remarkable for its very long nose; it is a very fine monkey, in size approaching the orang-utan, but much less disgusting in appearance". Another early explorer-naturalist, Odoardo Beccari, obviously had somewhat mixed feelings about the animals. On the one hand, he said that "the long-nosed ape is of singular and ridiculous aspect", but went on "Why amongst all apes, this one should be provided with a long, prominent and fleshy nose, somewhat hooked at its extremity, it is hard to say. According to Darwinian theory, it might possibly be attributed to sexual selection. If such were the case, we might, perhaps, congratulate the monkey on its good taste".]

Title: Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo

Author Name: BENNETT, Elizabeth L.

Categories: Mammals,

Edition: Second edition

Publisher: Kota Kinabalu, 2013

ISBN Number: 9838121398

ISBN Number 13: 9789838121392

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 010213

Keywords: BORNEO. BRUNEI. SABAH. SARAWAK. TROPICAL FOREST. INDONESIA. MALAYSIA. NATURAL HISTORY. MALESIA. KALIMANTAN. PRIMATES. MAMMALS.