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3 reasons you need to see proboscis monkeys in the wild

Here in Sarawak, visitors can still watch proboscis monkeys in the wild.

And watching them in the wild is nothing like seeing them in an enclosure.

If you are visiting the land of the hornbills or her neighbour Sabah, here are three reasons why you cannot miss out on pay proboscis monkeys a visit.

A female proboscis monkey spotted at Bako National Park.
1.You are learning about proboscis monkeys and their natural habitats.

Watching these amazing creatures in their natural habitats should be on everyone’s bucket list.

With their reddish brown colouring and grey limbs, these monkeys stand out against the greenery of the tropical jungle.

Not forgetting their large noses (which some scientists believe is to attract females), making them distinct from their fellow primates.

Despite their pot bellies, they are actually quite graceful when they leap from one branch to another.

In the wild you can observe how they feed in their natural surroundings.  You can watch which leaves or fruits they prefer.

Proboscis monkeys are known to be seasonal eaters, eating mostly fruits from January to May and leaves from June to December.

Do practice the basic ethics of wildlife watching: never feed them, do not interfere with mating, predation or other natural behaviour and always keep a respecful distance.

2.It is an adventure in the tropical jungle
Visitors trying to spot proboscis monkeys at Klias Wetland.

Actually it doesn’t matter if you choose to see proboscis monkeys in Sarawak or Sabah, here in Borneo the experience will definitely be an adventure.

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Even if your goal was to watch proboscis monkeys, chances are high you would be seeing lots of other animals thanks to the high diversity in Borneo.

For example at Klias Wetland in Sabah, you can cruise down a river to watch proboscis monkeys in the wild and when the night falls, watch out for the fireflies.

While in Sarawak, Bako National Park is one of the most accessible places to see proboscis monkeys in the wild.

There, you can also see bearded pigs, long-tailed macaque monkeys, silvered leaf monkeys, and silver squirrels.

3.You are supporting the local communities
Can you spot the monkey?

Speaking of Bako National Park, to get there visitors must get a lift from Bako village boat jetty.

The boat transfers to the park are managed by Koperasi Warisan Pelancongan Bako Berhad.

The local villagers in the area run the service in this collaboration.

Thus, a visit to the national park to see the proboscis monkey is definitely showing support to the local communities.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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