Critically endangered red monkey species ‘Tricolour Langur’ discovered at Sg Selai Inah, Jemoreng

Critically endangered tricolour langur.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 15: A critically endangered red monkey species, known as the ‘Tricolour Langur’ (Presbytis Chrysomelas cruciger) has been discovered at Sungai Selai Inah in Jemoreng during a scientific expedition in the area.

Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this discovery was published on March 27, 2024 in an international article titled ‘Check List the Journal of Biodiversity Data’.


“The species has only been (previously) spotted at Maludam National Park.

“For information, this unique monkey is categorised as a critically endangered species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as well as a protected species in the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998,” he said in his ministerial winding-up speech in the august House here today.

Awang Tengah also said the Sarawak Forest Department is in the process of gazetting the monkey’s habitat area, which is approximately 845 hectares as the Sungai Selai Inah Protected Forest. — DayakDaily