Endangered with a distinctive long nose, these shy primates have made their home in the jungle surrounding Gaya Island Resort, Borneo (situated within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Sabah) where guests may be able to spot these unique creatures on the resort’s brilliant guided nature trails.
The resort’s Resident Naturalists are studying and tracking the feeding and migration habits of the local troop. They are also creating a new nature centre with a focus on conservation, rescue and education of the island’s wildlife and natural environment.
What a Nose!
Proboscis monkeys prefer coastal areas and mangrove forests and are known for their large fleshy, pendulous noses used to attract mates. It also amplifies his warning call when he spots a crocodile trying to sneak up on a wading female.
These unusual creatures never stray far from their habitats but are excellent swimmers, known to frequently leap from tree limbs and hit the water with a belly flop. They’ve evolved webbed feet and hands to help them outpace the crocodiles that are some of their main predators.
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Swimming at sea?!
The Gaya Island Resort team and guests were once awestruck when a proboscis monkey was spotted bobbing in the sea close to the resort’s Malohom Bay! Read the full story…