"Monkey Moments: Encounters In Rainforest Escapades" Prof Ghazally Ismail


A  book that should not be missed. It opens our eyes to see the unseen and untold beauty of wild Nature and it is a call for urgent efforts to preserve Nature’s beauty for future generations. 

“ Monkey Moments: Encounters in Rainforest Escapades” is written by Professor Datuk Dr Ghazally Ismail, a scientist known for his passionate stance on Nature conservation and protection of the Borneo Rainforest ecosystem. 

This book with its breathtaking photographs and drawings was produced by him almost single-handedly.


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Dr Ghazally Ismail received his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 1977 from Indiana University School of Medicine, USA.

He has served as a professor at various universities abroad.

A consummate naturalist and an ardent environmental advocate, he finds himself in many interesting areas of conservation and research throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

He served for many years as professor in the universities in Sabah and Sarawak.

Professor Datuk Dr Ghazally believes

The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.

 Professor Datuk Dr Ghazally has devoted much of his academic life to traveling and documenting the natural habitats of life in the tropical rainforests of Borneo.

Over the years, he scoured through the jungles of Borneo, producing images of the enormous biodiversity depicting the intricacies of life in the rainforest.

He is a prolific writer, especially with works related to nature conservation.

He draws and practices nature photography like a professional.

In this book, he delved into his encounters with the monkeys and apes over the years, putting across his own thoughts and reflective anecdotes of his journeys in the rainforests of Borneo. The themes of conserving biodiversity and stopping deforestation are featured in the book.

He puts it nicely: "Just can't shake off my educational streak on saving our endangered species and their natural habitats. Maybe stopping logging and the destruction of our rainforest are topical and relevant right now in the face of widespread flooding. Time to raise awareness on this now."  source: 

In his own words: “ It is a semi-autobiographical piece. I’ve used experiential narratives to tell my many encounters with monkeys and apes over years of gallivanting in the rainforests.” ( source: :  )

He takes readers through the evolution of man by highlighting the physical features and behavioral biology of the species in the book.

In the book, Ghazally also alluded to many other species which are under threat. Many may not realize that the frogs in the rainforests come in different shapes, sizes and colors.

The unprecedented destruction of the rainforests have driven countless animal and plant species to extinction. But, many still fail to grasp such facts.

This book is an awakening call and a starting point of the heart-to-heart discussion and a wholehearted collaboration to preserve the billion years old Wonder of Rainforest.



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