Saturday, February 16, 2008

Enjoying Sabah

This weekend we found ourselves in Kota Kinabalu. After a hefty brunch, we set off in our Ford Explorer on a two-hour journey for a river cruise to see the famed Proboscis monkey. We got onto the Beaufort Highway and from there, travelled another 25km through lush greenery to Kampung Garama. Once we arrived, we stopped for a tea break, before starting our journey along the river.

We cruised slowly down the river while taking in the sights and sounds of the environment.

We saw some lizards running up the tree trunks and various coloured birds nestling in the greenery. Suddenly, we spotted some movements in the trees and I pulled out my binoculars. It was a family of long-nosed, long-tailed Proboscis monkeys jumping from tree to tree! They looked inquisitively down at us as we gawked up at them.

The Proboscis monkeys are an endangered species and are found only in the island of Borneo. The males have a large protruding nose. The purpose of the large nose is unclear, but it is suggested that it is used to court the female species. The pot-bellied creatures live in groups of 10 to 32 and are considered shy animals.

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