Full Title of Book: Primates of the Oriental Night
Author(s): M. Shekelle, I. Maryanto, C. Groves
Editor(s) / Publisher: Indonesian Institute of Sciences(LIPI), Research Center for Biology and the Indonesian Biological Society
Year Published: 2008
Edition: 1 edition
ISBN-10: 9797992632 and / or ISBN-13: 9789797992637
Size Format: 159 pages PDF 6.63 MB
Taxonomic history of the tarsiers, evidence for the origins of Buffon's tarsier, and the fate of Tarsius spectrum, Pallas, 1778 / Colin Groves, Myron Shekelle & Douglas Brandon-Jones -- Distribution and biogeography of tarsiers / Myron Shekelle -- A tarsier capture in upper montane forest on Borneo / Antonia J. Gorog & Martua H. Sinaga -- Distribution of tarsier acoustic forms, North and Central Sulawesi : with notes on the primary taxonomy of Sulawesi's tarsiers / Myron Shekelle -- Distribution of tarsier haplotypes for some parts of Northern and Central Sulawesi / Myron Shekelle, Juan Carlos Morales, Carsten Niemitz, Luluk Lely Soraya Ichwan & Don Melnick -- A method for multivariate analysis and classification of tarsier tail tufts / Myron Shekelle, Colin Groves, Sharon Gursky, Irene Neri-Arboleda & Alexandra Nietsch -- Tarsier longevity : data from a recapture in the wild and from captive animals / Myron Shekelle & Alexandra Nietsch -- Eastern tarsiers in captivity, part I : enclosure and enrichment / Keely Severn, Donatus Dahang & Myron Shekelle -- Eastern tarsiers in captivity, part II : a preliminary assessment of diet / Donatus Dahang, Keely Severn & Myron Shekelle -- The conservation status of Indonesia's tarsiers / Sharon Gursky, Myron Shekelle & Alexandra Nietsch -- Craniometry of slow lorises (genus Nycticebus) of insular Southeast Asia / Colin Groves & Ibnu Maryanto -- Enclosure design for captive slow and pygmy lorises / Helena Fitch-Snyder, Helga Schulze & Ulrike Streicher -- Confiscation, rehabilitation and placement of slow lorises : recommendations to improve the handling of confiscated slow lorises Nycticebus coucang / Ulrike Streicher, Helga Schulze & Helena Fitch-Snyder
I am extremely pleased to see that “Primates of the Oriental Night” has, at last, been completed. This book is a fabulous example of the benefits of true collaboration between researchers of many nations. The list of authors includes people from Austalia, England, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United States of America. It is wonderful what we can accomplish when we all work together. We live in a globalized world, and it is increasingly necessary that we do so. I am particularly pleased to see several Indonesian authors are involved, and that the book is being published in Indonesia, by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. We can point to this book as proof that many Indonesians are mentally prepared for the globalized world.
Indonesia is a country of vast biodiversity resources, but also vast conservation challenges. When looking for conservation solutions, too often we focus only on the large charismatic animals like orangutan, tiger, and elephant. In Indonesia we are blessed with a wealth of animals like this, to the extent that we forget that there are small charismatic animals. Tarsiers and lorises, the primates of the oriental night, also have tremendous charisma. We need only point to examples from popular movies, such as the Yoda character and the Ewoks, from the “Star Wars” movie series, to see the powerful influence of these charismatic animals on the global society. Unfortunately, we can also point to the prevalence of tarsiers and lorises for sale in the markets of Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries to offer proof that the general public is fascinated with these creatures.
The publication of this book marks a sea change in the knowledge about tarsiers and lorises that is available to readers in southeast Asia. I am delighted to learn that one hundred copies of this book will be distributed free of charge to scientists and schools throughout Indonesia. I hope that this effort motivates other Indonesians to follow in the footsteps of the Indonesian authors who contributed to “Primates of the Oriental Night” and become serious biodiversity scientists, committed to the pursuit of knowledge about, and the preservation of, Indonesia’s vast and valuable biodiversity.