Proboscis Monkey Habitat and Conservation


Endemic to Borneo, the proboscis monkey or Long-Nosed Monkey (Nasalis larvatus), also known as
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efforts of several CBSG offices: workshop organization was handled by CBSG Indonesia (Jansen
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caused deforestation and global climate change. We modeled this as Breeding System: The species is
564533_180x150 - Bikinipolygynous (long-term polygyny). Successful males were assumed to breed with an average of 1.6 females. the single catastrophe facing these populations. It should be recognized, however, that what is being modeled as a single catastrophe (forest fires) often combines many interacting environmental perturbations. Forest firesare more likely during drought conditions that have already stressed the populations. Mortality from the forest fires may actually stem from starvation brought on by the loss of food resources after the fire. Malnutrition and crowding, due to habitat loss from forest fires, may trigger disease epidemics. Thus, the catastrophe regime may include a host of environmental factors directly or indirectly related to forest fires. Age of First Reproduction: Expert opinion was five years of age for females and six years of age for males.Maximum Age of Reproduction: Considerable variation existed among the experts’ guess as to the maximum age of reproduction for female proboscis monkeys. We chose 22 years, because it was the median value suggested to the working group and agreed well with data from captive populations.Proportion of Females Breeding: We used a combination of unpublished data (from Malaysia), expert opinion, and the life histories of other monkeys of similar size or similar ecology to arrive at an estimate of 46.1% with a standard deviation of 7.0%.Offspring Number: Twinning in proboscis moneys is so rare that we assumed that all births consisted of a single individual.Source: Animal Discovery-chanel


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