Dusky Leaf Monkey suckling baby

on 23rd March 2017
Dusky Leaf Monkey suckling baby 9Photo credit: Chong Soonseng)
Dusky Leaf Monkey suckling baby (Photo credit: Chong Soonseng)

“Mother Dusky Leaf Monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) feeding her new-born baby in our ‘front-garden’ in Batu Ferringhi, Penang (image above and video below). Hope that this will be a regular view for us in the near future.” – Steven Struyck

“Owing to its interesting looks, appearance and adorable size, the dusky leaf monkey or spectacled Langur is listed among the cutest animals in the world” – LINK.

The large white ring round the eyes gives it the alternate common name, Spectacled Leaf Monkey. Another distinguishing characteristic of this leaf monkey is the orange coloured infant. However, within six months the orange changes to greyish or brownish.

These monkeys are folivorous, that is, they feed on leaves, also flowers, shoots and fruits. The presence of bacteria in their digestive system help break down cellulose.

They are native to Thailand and Malaysia. Further information on the Dusky Leaf Monkey can be found HERE.

Steven Struyck
Penang, Malaysia


Chong Soonseng
14th February 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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