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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers a chance to see the action monkeys of Borneo up close.

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Proboscis monkeys are endemic to this island, and unfortunately on the endangered list. The orange and white-coated primates are one of the largest species in Asia — males can grow to 30 kilos and 75 centimetres tall, females are considerably smaller. Their most prominent feature is the huge schnoz on the male—it can be up to 10 centimetres in length, hanging down over his mouth. Female noses are smaller, but still big for a monkey. Both have bulging pot-bellies, and the males have a permanently erect red penis — hello mister!

It's real. Photo taken in or around Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Sandakan, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

It's real. Photo: Sally Arnold

Lowland mangrove and riverine forests are their stomping ground and webbed feet help them out in this environment, but you’ll mostly see them leaping great distances from tree to tree. They hang out in large groups, usually with one dominant male, several females and their offspring, and to the side you’ll often see a group of “bachelor males” angling to get in on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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