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Monkeys at Bako National Park

Bako Park was really nice, a perfect place for a day trip from Kuching or more. We spent two nights there, and did a six-hour easy walk on the second day. For me, I love watching monkeys, and there were three kinds there – two I had not seen before.

Around the accommodation area there were Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). These are the common type you often see in Malaysia – they’re also known as ‘Crab-eating macaques’, I suppose because they eat crabs; however, these ones spend most of their time hanging around the canteen in order to steal food.

This guy was on a branch overlooking the back of the kitchen

There are rare monkeys there too, the Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) is an endangered species and one of the highlights of Bako. On the first day we managed to spot a few at dusk, and on the third day we went out early to try to see some. We spotted about five moving around the treetops. They’re easy to hear when they’re near – when they move from tree to tree there is a loud rustling; but as they stay high in the canopy they are difficult to see, and even more difficult to photograph – this is the best I got!

But if I had a super zoom lense, a tripod, lots of time and mosquito repellent, I might have been able to get this :-)

On the way to see the Proboscis in the morning, we came across a pack (what are groups of monkeys called??) of Silvered leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecus cristatus) hanging about the jetty. They mostly ignored us, and it was really nice to watch them play and socialise.

One older one checked me out

and younger ones were playing

and getting groomed :-)

But there was also a reminder: Don’t throw effing rubbish around! >:[


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anansie on :

nice pictures! too bad you couldn't get in them so we can do a spot of "spot the difference". :-P

julian on :

Hmpf! I may just 'moderate' your comment :-P

anne on :

may i correct u a bit?
the one that u saw at the jetty [grooming/playing] is actually the Long Tailed Macaques[ Macaca fascicularis]

julian on :

OK, now you mention it, they do look very similar to the one at the top... Thanks :-)

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