Proboscis Monkey Pictures from Sabah Borneo


Proboscis Monkey Pictures from Sabah Borneo. This is my photography attempt at doing a portrait on wildlife therefore I chose the very unique Proboscis Monkey or Dutch-Man Monkey as they can only be found on the island of Borneo. The location of this place is at a private conservation area called Labuk Bay which is about an hours drive from the town of Sandakan in East Sabah. Having visited this place for the first time, I assumed that the monkeys would be located in a distance but to my surprise, one of the younger monkeys who was brave enough approached me while I was trying to photograph them. 

He casually made his way to the wooden railing which stopped people from going into the main feeding area. Looking totally unafraid, he climbed up and sat on the railing looking at me. I suspected that he wanted some food and eventually, a keeper came and gave him a piece of cucumber. But take note that these delicate creatures have a very sensitive stomach and can only eat limited foods which are mostly available in the habitat. So, don't even think of feeding them, especially when you see them at the Kinabatangan River in Sabah. They will most likely end up dying of stomach complications in the long run.

In the main picture above, you see the proboscis monkey eating a fresh cucumber. The following pictures are of this strange monkey with a fairly large nose and spotting a pot belly. They are copper bronze in colour and usually travel in packs with one prominent leader which is the alpha male. Protected by the state government, it is illegal to own or rare them. They are also known to be one of the hardest types of animals to be kept in captivity so you will not see them in zoos.
Full frontal profile

Notice the crown of the hair

Eating a cucumber

Off profile shot

Side profile with direct sun hitting

Fancy hairdo

Female proboscis monkey looking down

Full shot of the proboscis monkey


Eyes closed

Smiling for a photo

The picture above is of the proboscis monkey smiling and is my favourite shot. This is also a juvenile as his nose has not fully developed. For wildlife and nature lovers, Sabah is one of the places that I would recommend exploring as there are many choices to choose from throughout the place. From birds, elephants, monkeys and even nocturnal animals which can be found around Sandakan area. One of the popular places to see them is the Kinabatangan River Safari. There are many available services that cater to serious wildlife watching while there are also many conservation areas which are easily accessible. I hope you enjoyed my Proboscis Monkey Pictures from Sabah and if you have any comments, please do ask.