Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) | An Exotic Ecotourism in Kalimantan

Kalimantan is rich with various flora and fauna. Do not know later, when the world’s third largest island became the capital of Indonesia, now some flora still exist, although most of them have become extinct. One of those rare forest animals is the proboscis monkey.

Where should you do ecotourism to see proboscis monkey lives? Go to the mangrove forests in Borneo and surrounding islands. Or far into the rivers are wide in the interior where the forest is still dense and virgin.

That’s where the habitat for proboscis monkeys along the coast and rivers, especially in mangrove forests. Because of the sharp nose, especially in the male and the hair color reddish, proboscis monkey monkey called Dutch. Proboscis monkey adult weights between 20-24 pounds. Build beautiful, clean, shiny fur, making the eye-catching proboscis monkey. Large sharp nose like a bulb, making a handsome male and beautiful female.

These endangered species are recorded in the reporting of the oldest in 1848 by Hugh Low as follows, “it is workable for its very long nose; it is a very fine monkey, in size approaching the orangutans, but much less Distinguishing in appearance. It is furnished wit a very long tail and of the pretty Fawn color; it head is small; it feeds on fruit. “

There are several explanations why the pug-nosed proboscis monkey. With a sharp nose, proboscis monkey would not survive much longer when the animal is submerged in the water. In In the crowd, proboscis monkey often cross over river diving, mangrove forests across surrounded water.

This opportunity to invite the attention of crocodiles often, the only enemy proboscis monkey, to eat it. But once proboscis monkey can be dodged, darted to the surface of water, then jump to deftly capture one of the top branch.

It was very interesting watching these attractions, proboscis monkey as risking life for a very expensive show. When it is submerged, the water rippled and cause noise.

Of the proboscis monkey one branch moved to another branch, and if the distance of the branches were far apart, the proboscis monkey would jump away and fell into the water, diving, and then came back into the water.

A sharp nose is also helpful to keep resonance sound generated when the proboscis monkey another call when the herd was in the thick forest, or when there is danger threatens. The danger would appear more clearly by the proboscis monkey. If there is danger, a sharp nose becomes erect and striking red. The same thing happens when the raging male proboscis monkey.

The sound is very distinctive proboscis monkey, long and loud. Hearing her voice from a distance, people are knowledgeable presence Kalimantan one of these monkeys. Although closely related, he was completely different from wau-wau-or in terms of local residents klampiau.

Proboscis monkey lives in the trees, but often to the land and the swimming-pool. Live in groups consisting of 12-17 tails. Multiplication with the birth of a child every birth. Therefore animals including proboscis monkey is endemic and the population is rare, to maintain the sustainability of these animals are protected by law. This animal is also called Bakara, rasong, pika, bars.

A group of proboscis monkey often visited the mangrove plot for a long time, sometimes for months. Then, suddenly disappeared to find new areas where food is still widely available. Finding food in the morning and evening.

The main food of mangrove leaves (Rhizophora) and kike, as well as flowers and fruit. Usually, after the leaves knocked kike to bare, proboscis monkey will find a flock of new land. When the leaves are threshed re-sprout, usually a new proboscis monkey will come back again.

Proboscis monkey is also called “Kera belanda/Dutch monkey”. So called because this monkey has a sharp nose.

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