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Published/Last edited or updated: 13th November, 2016
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers a chance to see the action monkeys of Borneo up close.
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 the action.
Now back to the endangered bit, the major reason for their decline is loss of habitat due predominantly to clearing of forests to plant palm oil. The owner of Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is a palm oil plantation owner. The story goes, that in 1994, he was in the process of land clearing to expand his empire and came across several troupes of proboscis monkeys living there. Curious, he learnt more about their plight and changed his plans so they could continue to survive in their natural habitat. As their food sources had dwindled due to drought, they supplemented the monkeys diet with fruit and water. And thus began Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)
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