As chairperson of the Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group, Andie Ang spends her work day in the central catchment area — on the lookout for the elusive black-and-white monkeys, a native to Singapore and southern Malaysia that was discovered by Stamford Raffles in 1822. The primatologist with a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder has made it her mission to study endangered monkey species in the region and collect data on their populations and biology. All this can contribute to their conservation in the face of construction and growth. “Development is needed in a highly urbanised area — it’s unavoidable — but we can do it in a sustainable way that benefits both humans and wildlife,” Ang says. The vice president of the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) became acquainted with primates when she was gifted a wild monkey as a pet at age 10. But seeing it chained up in a city apartment got to her; she approached ACRES five years later to help repatriate it to Africa. “I enjoy what monkeys have given me. I hope I can give back by sharing their stories with people who want to help them,” she shares.