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Spot the Big Noses: Chasing Proboscis Monkeys in Kota Kinabalu

Day 62 of 180 Days Around the World Cruise

Spot the Big Noses: Chasing Proboscis Monkeys in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, is a gateway to unforgettable adventures. Beyond the bustling cityscapes lie pristine rainforests and hidden gems like the Klias Wetland, a haven for the fascinating proboscis monkey.

These quirky creatures, nicknamed "Dutch monkeys" for their outsized noses, are a highlight of any Borneo trip. The Klias Wetland, located just a two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, offers the perfect opportunity to see them in their natural habitat.

Imagine this: a tranquil sunset cruise down the Klias River. As the jungle comes alive with the sounds of exotic birds, you spot a family of proboscis monkeys swinging through the mangroves. The males, with their impressive pendulous noses, keep a watchful eye as the lithe females and playful young ones frolic in the trees.

But the proboscis monkeys aren't the only stars of the show. Keep your eyes peeled for other rainforest residents like the agile long-tailed macaques, the elusive silver langur, or even the occasional crocodile basking on the riverbank.

As dusk descends, the magical firefly show begins. Millions of these tiny glowing insects illuminate the night, creating a breathtaking spectacle.

A trip to Kota Kinabalu wouldn't be complete without venturing into the Klias Wetland. It's a chance to witness the magic of Borneo's wildlife firsthand, leaving you with unforgettable memories of these unique primates and the wonders of the rainforest.

Text by Gemini


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