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Proboscis Monkey Picture of the Week

Picture of Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey is my picture of the week showcasing various portrait shots taken with a Nikon 55-300mm lens. These unique monkeys also known as the 'Dutch Monkey' or Monyet Belanda in Malay - can only be found in the island of Borneo and no where else in the world.

I was visiting Labuk Bay in Sandakan, Sabah Borneo in October 2010 when I chanced upon a rare opportunity to photograph them up close. The Proboscis Monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) at Labuk Bay are in a controlled environment set up to protect and care for these special primates.

Check Wikipedia for more information on the Proboscis Monkeys from Borneo. Below are a series of pictures taken during my trip there.

Photo of Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis monkey scratching his face

Proboscis Monkey Photograph
Side profile of a juvenile proboscis monkey
Close Up Proboscis Monkey
Eating a cucumber

Photography of Proboscis Monkey
Side profile with eyes closed and semi smile

A mood shot

Monyet Belanda
In the sun showing the crown

Big Nose Monkey
Proboscis Monkey smiling - my favourite shot

If you like this series of photographs, please do leave a comment here and thank you very much. You can see more pictures of Proboscis Monkeys in my Facebook or you can also add me as friend on my Malaysia Asia Facebook page. 

If you are headed to Sandakan in Sabah, you may also want to check my other article on 10 Things to do in Sandakan Sabah.

This is my first time attempting to do portrait shots on wildlife and I was fortunate enough to experiment on the Proboscis Monkey on this trip to Labuk Bay in Sandakan, Sabah. 


eunice said...

very nice! I love nature!

lindsay Patterson said...

beautiful shots....really great light!!

Jim said...

Beautiful shots of these monkeys headed for extinction in the wild.Perhaps most of Borneo's wildlife will only be seen in protected sanctuaries as palm oil gobbles up more and more of their natural habitat.

Malaysia Asia said...

Eunice & Lindsay, thank you so much. I really enjoyed being up, close and personal with these unique primates.

Jim, you're absolutely right on that matter and I do hope the authorities take extra measures to counter the palm oil issues currently being faced here.


Devin the Travel Writer said...

I so want to see these in the wild. Great photos. You are so close, were they afraid at all?

Malaysia Asia said...

Devin, yes they were about 3 feet from me. Apparently, one of them was not afraid when I took his picture. Great experience!


adventureswithben said...

I've never seen a monkey like this before. Thanks for sharing!

Malaysia Asia said...

Hey Ben, they are only found in Borneo and totally one of a kind too.


Norbert @ GloboTreks said...

Oh wow!... What a curious monkey. I had never see it before. Great shots David!

Malaysia Asia said...

Norbert, if you ever get a chance to visit Sabah Borneo, do make a trip to Labuk Bay or Kinabatangan to see these amazing monkeys. Should be on your 'bucket-list' :)


the destination india said...

great pic. i like nature.

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks D.India.