Charismatic Primates of Malaysia - Living in Harmony with Nature and Wildlife


JGIS Lecture Series - Living in Harmony with Nature and Wildlife

Charismatic Primates of Malaysia

Home to 25 species of primates, Malaysia is a global primate diversity hotspot. While many recognise a few iconic species like the orang utan or the proboscis monkey, only some can tell the difference between a langur and a macaque or imitate the call of a wild gibbon.

In the second lecture of the JGIS Lecture Series, we invite three primate experts from Malaysia to share their research and conservation work on the charismatic primates of Malaysia. Be prepared for some seriously scientific primate facts and inspiring stories of conservation in this knowledge-packed session. We hope that you will walk away with a deeper understanding of our closest animal relatives and new insights on what we can do to conserve them and live more harmoniously with nature and wildlife.

Date: 25 Nov 2017

Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Function Hall, Level 1 Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate entrance)


Dr. Nadine Ruppert
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Universiti Sains Malaysia
Head of Macaca Nemestrina Project

Malaysia’s Charismatic Primates: Novel research projects in pig-tailed macaques, gibbons, langurs and orangutans

Although Malaysia is a global primate diversity hotspot with 25 species of primates, many species are already threatened with extinction and local participation in primate research and conservation effort is few and far between. In this talk, Dr Ruppert will introduce Malaysia’s charismatic primates and emphasise on global threats and their current conservation status. She will also present several novel research projects, including the role of pig-tailed macaques as biological pest control in oil palm plantations, the population size and conservation status of three species of gibbons, the adaptation of langurs to urban areas and habitat fragmentation, human-macaque conflicts at Batu Caves KL, and the use of drones and infra-red cameras in orang utan population assessments.

Joleen Yap
Postgraduate student, School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Head of Langur Project Penang (LPP)

Langur Project Penang: The ecology and behaviour of spectacled langurs

In this talk, Joleen will share her work with the Langur Project Penang (LPP), a primate research project investigating the ecology and behaviour of spectacled langurs in Penang. The LPP aims to work toward a Langur Conservation Plan in Penang which takes into account primate ecology, human influences and ecotourism to create awareness for primate conservation and nature education. The talk will emphasise the background, objectives, and research of LPP, and how the LPP does its part to be the voice of the wildlife residents of Penang.

Mariani Bam Ramli
President of Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia (GPSM)
IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group SSA

Voicing their Silence: Gibbon conservation in Malaysia

The Malaysian Gibbon is a forgotten ape in Malaysia and are facing serious danger of extinction. In this talk, Bam will introduce the Malaysian Gibbon and their status, the threats and challenges they face, and efforts to conserve them. Bam established the Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia (GPSM) out of her strong strong passion and desire help primates and her determination to halt the illegal pet trade. In the near future, she wishes to obtain the license to open up Malaysia’s first Gibbon Conservation Centre for illegally-kept primates, where they are safely quarantined, trained and finally released to safe areas of forest.

Sat Nov 25, 2017
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM SGT
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Singapore Botanic Gardens - Functional Hall, Level 1 Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate Entrance)
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Singapore Botanic Gardens, Function Hall, Level 1 Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate entrance) Singapore
Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)