Proboscis Monkey in Borneo
Proboscis Monkey in Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kalimantan
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) is only native to the island of Borneo. Its distinctive feature is the male's large nose. Although the females display also a large nose compared to many other primates, it is not as prominent as the male's. Proboscis monkeys are found primarily in the jungle around swamps, mangroves, and various lowland areas. Best time to see one of these unusual apes is around dawn and dusk.
The proboscis monkey is a protected species. It is listed as an endangered species on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Where to see a proboscis monkey
Proboscis Monkeys in Sabah
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers the opportunity to observe the animals during their feeding time.
Proboscis Monkeys in Sarawak
Baku National Park, which is within easy reach from Kuching is home to proboscis monkeys, where they can be observed if lucky, in their natural habitat.
Proboscis Monkeys in Brunei
Although perhaps rather surprising, Brunei is home to a large colony of proboscis monkeys, native in the forests along the Brunei River, not far from Bandar Seri Begawan. A tour to watch these amazing creatures can be easily done from Bandar Seri Begawan in combination with Kampung Ayer, a village built on water. In addition, wildlife such as river otters, birds such as the white egrets, nigh herons, and kingfishers, and other interesting species such as mudskippers, a kind of fish that spends half their time outside the water, may also be seen.
The majority of tour operators in Brunei offer various Proboscis Monkey Tours, either as a stand-alone visit to one of their habitats or in combination with other attractions nearby.