Photo: Go a little into the heart of Borneo.

Proboscis monkeys and fireflies tour

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While you are in Sabah, you will probably plan to visit some of wildlife areas where proboscis monkeys spend their days, such as the popular Kinabatangan region near Sandakan. However, if you are just on a quick visit to Kota Kinabalu, it’s still possible to see them on a day tour, just a couple of hours outside of town.

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Proboscis monkeys (nasalis larvatus) are endemic to Borneo. They are one of the largest monkey species native to Asia and are listed as endangered due to the decline of their mangrove forest habitat. Known for the males’ distinctive large nose, which hangs below its mouth (and a small pointy one for females), they have an orange and white coat, a rather large pot-belly and the mature males have a permanently erect bright red penis. All of these have given them the local name of monyet Belanda (Dutch monkey) with reference to Borneo’s colonial past (or possibly some modern-day tourists).

Just monkeying around. Photo taken in or around Proboscis monkeys and fireflies tour, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Just monkeying around. Photo: Sally Arnold

Proboscis monkeys live in large groups with one dominant male and a harem of females, usually followed closely by individual or groups of males. They become action monkeys at dusk and dawn, but for the rest of the time, are ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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