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Proboscis Monkey of Borneo!

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September, 2017

The handsome looking Proboscis Monkey of Borneo. They can be found mostly in the mangrove rivers of Borneo

Even the scientific name of this monkey is also very interesting and catchy. Nasalis Larvatus is their scientific name. Locals in Kalimantan, Indonesia, call it Monyet Belanda, which in English means Dutch Monkey due to its unique features of big and long hanging nose, and white fur, giving it a very unique physicality compared to other monkeys in Borneo.

The description for the Proboscis Monkey is it has a long nose and it has is a very distinct feature that separates it from all other species. In fact, when people first noticed it they didn’t even think it was a monkey due to its physicality. The males have a nose that is even larger than that of the females. It is believed that a larger nose attracts the female. The nose can be up to 10CM(4 inch) long. The males can be up to 21.2KG with the females is about 10KG. This difference is larger than with any other primates in terms of their size. They have a reddish brown coloring and the limbs are gray in color. These Monkeys have a very large stomach too.

The Proboscis Monkey can be found only on the Island of Borneo, making them endemic to Borneo Island. They live in the lower elevations of the forests and around the swamplands. They are mostly found living around Mangroves. The famous place for you to spot the Proboscis Monkey in Sabah is in Beaufort and Sandakan area. There are several places for you to have the opportunity to see these wonderful creatures which are, Klias River, Weston River, Labuk Bay, to name a few. Not only will you be able to see this majestic beauty, but you will also get the chance to see other types of monkeys such as the Silvered Leaf Langur that shares the same habitat with the Proboscis Monkey, and also the Firefly or Firebug and many more. If you are lucky you can even see the Estuary Crocodiles, Wild River Otter, various types of birds, and many more as the swamplands are filled with many types of flora and fauna.

A Male Proboscis Monkey with its Long Nose and Large Stomach

The Proboscis Monkey has a unique behavior if compared to any other types of monkeys. Their warning call is very loud and this is because of their big nose that they can produce a louder voice. Usually, a single male Proboscis monkey lives with a big group of females and they do not live with the same group for long. For the male Proboscis monkey, they will move from one group to another group frequently. One of the coolest thing about the Proboscis Monkey is their capability to swim in deep waters and that makes them able to swim from island to island.

Their uniqueness doesn’t just end there as they also have a very interesting digestive system and they can only eat certain types of foods. The Proboscis Monkey has 4 chambers in their stomach, it is actually a Folivore and Frugivore, which means that they are a leaf eating monkey but sometimes they will also eat ripe fruits, flowers and also insects. Their preferred food is young leaves and shoots of the mangrove. Another interesting fact about the Proboscis Monkey is that they are a seasonal eater as they will usually eat fruits from January to May and usually leaves from June to December. The Proboscis monkey consumes about 55 different plant species and prefers young leaves just starting to grow instead of the mature leaves.

If you are heading down to Borneo, make sure you do not miss to catch a glimpse of the Proboscis Monkeys. It’ll be good to see them with your own eyes and to experience it for yourself. If you are planning to see this elusive monkey I will suggest that you go to the Weston river as it is only about two and a half hours from Kota Kinabalu city and the river has a healthy population of Proboscis Monkeys and they can be easily seen just around the mangrove trees in big groups.

The beautiful wide Weston River that is full of life

Keep your eyes peeled for this Good Looking Monkey around the Mangrove Area as they can be normally seen around trees eating leaves or just Chilling Out…

If you are looking for a chance to experience the Proboscis Monkey River Cruise, you can read up one of our blog post entry on “WESTON RIVER CRUISE TOUR” or maybe you are looking for a day trips in Sabah? Then, read our “Top 5 Day Trips in Sabah Borneo“.

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