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Conservation of the Proboscis Monkey in Sabah

Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC)
of Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD)

RM1.5 million

3 Years

In a study conducted by the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) in 2005, it was found that the population size of the proboscis monkey was estimated to be a minimum of 5,907 individuals along major coastal river systems in Sabah. Only 15.3% of the estimated population was found within protected forest reserves, with much of the species’ diminishing range habitats exposed to further conversion, extraction and disturbance leading to increased isolation of proboscis monkey groups.

YSD’s contribution goes towards the conservation and management of the proboscis monkey in Sabah by supporting the efforts to build capacity in the area of conservation biology and wildlife management within the SWD through the higher education training (PhD) of a senior wildlife officer, Dr Senthilvel Nathan at Cardiff University, and Masters Education of two other local staff. This programme also works towards the rescue and translocation operations of pocketed populations of proboscis monkeys in perverse habitats.

Find out more about Danau Girang Field Centre and their scientific research here!

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