Proboscis Monkey is the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Mascot

VMY 2014 Mascot

Proboscis Monkey is the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Mascot

After years of having the common Orangutan, Hornbill and Leatherback Turtle as the official mascot for the Visit Malaysia Year events, it was a very nice surprise to see a Proboscis Monkey being selected as the official mascot for the coming Visit Malaysia Year 2014. This was also officiated at the dinner gala for the World Tourism Conference 2013 in Melaka on the 21st October.

The Malaysian Tourism Minister - Daruk Seri Nazri had concluded his WTC 2013 speech which led to the official announcement to over 600 people at the Hattan Hotel Grand Ballroom in Melaka. Many were caught unaware of this unique primate which can only be found on the island of Borneo.

VMY 2014 Proboscis Monkey Mascot
A juvenile Proboscis Monkey
Datuk Seri Nazri initiated the launch gambit by inserting a special VMY2014 Card into a slot which opened the center stage to reveal three Proboscis Monkeys who came out to surprise of the audience here. Specially tailored costumes of the primates were created for this event where the monkeys danced on the stage inviting the tourism minister to participate along.A video presentation on the highly protected primate was followed with a brief introduction to the media and audience.

The Proboscis Monkey or scientifically known as Nasalis larvatus is a very unique monkey due to its habitat where it survives on a very unique vegetarian diet of leaves from selected mangrove trees. The large nosed monkeys are commonly found around Sabah and Sarawak near mangrove areas and usually in groups.

In Sabah, they are spotted at places along the Kinabatangan River, Labuk Bay in Sandakan and also the Klias River near Kuala Penyu which is about two hours from Kota Kinabalu city. There are also other parts of Sabah where thee monkeys can be spotted. A number of tour operators cater to tours and trips to see the Proboscis Monkeys.

In the neighboring state of Sarawak Malaysia Borneo, the Proboscis Monkey can be easily seen at the Bako National Park which is only two hours from Kuching. There are also other coastal areas where the primate can be seen around the mangrove areas. These monkeys are endemic to the island of Borneo and you cannot find them in Peninsular Malaysia or anywhere else in the world which makes seeing them a very unique experience. They are also known not to survive in captivity and this also makes viewing them in the wild more interesting.

Below are various photographs of the actual Proboscis Monkeys taken by me on my various trips around Sabah and Sarawak Borneo in the last two years. There are males, females, families and even a dominant Proboscis Monkey.

Proboscis Monkey Photo
A fairly large male Proboscis sits and eats along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah

Dominant Proboscis Monkey
Dominant male Proboscis Monkey

Female Proboscis Monkey
Mother and baby Proboscis Monkey in the wild

Proboscis Monkey BabyProboscis Monkey picture

Picture of a Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis eating in the wild

Family of Proboscis Monkeys
Family of Proboscis Monkeys in Labuk, Sabah

VMY2014 Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey Side Profile

For those who have never seen this unique species of primates, you can no do so at Malaysia Borneo in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. View my other Proboscis Monkey Pictures from Sabah. A number of tour operators sell packages to see them in your nature tours and they are best seen in the mornings or evenings. You can book tours from reputable tour operators in either of these states so see you in Malaysia next year. While some of you may not know, nest year is VMY 2014 and you may be asking on Why Visit Malaysia 2014? Again, this is the first time that the highly endangered Proboscis Monkey is the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Mascot. See you next year!

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