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Disagreeing with Nat Geo

Proboscis monkeys: “they’re graceful, they can swim, and they’re in trouble,” according to National Geographic. I agree with the latter two of those statements. They’re surprising good swimmers and deforestation is certainly endangering their species. But graceful??

After a few days of observing them in the wild, I respectfully disagree (at least with the few dozen that I saw at Bako National Park in Borneo / Malaysia).

This proboscis monkey (below) started to swing from one branch to another, not realizing it couldn’t support his weight and promptly dropped to the ground, bounced, and tried it again with the next branch. You’d think that years of evolution might help them in this area. They only have 10.5 square miles to explore, so I’d assume they’d get to know the terrain fairly well. Even worse, the larger proboscis monkey behind him followed his lead, with the same result.

[I’m going through the videos I shot and will post the live action demo then]

Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo: never seen monkeys like these

What’s a Proboscis Monkey? Since they’re only found in Borneo, you probably haven’t seen them before, so I’ll start with some photography from my trip to Bako National Park, in the Sarawak region of Malaysia in Borneo (full post on proboscis monkeys can be found here).  Like my orangutan encounter the day before (including baby orangutans!), I was just steps away from these rare creatures, giving me plenty of opportunity to observe and photograph. I did plenty of both!

After seeing what Probiscus Monkeys look like, and I was fascinated and wanted to learn more about them. I’ll share what I learned in the next posts, which will include proboscis monkey facts and proboscis monkey photos.

Slideshows: Monkeys in Bali

Both photo galleries from our day with the monkeys on the cliffs of Ulu Watu are below  – click SL for slideshow, and FS for full screen mode.

Monkeys at Ulu Watu part2

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Monkeys Everywhere!

Monkeys in Bali – I found myself surrounded by macaques (monkeys) in Ulu Watu, in Bali, Indonesia. They were everywhere!  I had never seen so many monkeys in the wild, in their natural habitat. Photos of these Long-tailed macaques from Bali are below:

Monkeys at Ulu Watu! | Macaques in Bali, Indonesia| Photo by Todd L. Cohen, 50and50by50.com

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Monkeys (macaques) at Ulu Watu, Bali, Indonesia

These baby monkeys (baby macaques) were so playful -  Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
These baby monkeys were so playful - macaques in Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
Bananas for Monkey Lunch Break for this macaque, Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu) Bananas for Monkey Lunch Break in Bali, Indonesia

Can I help you?  Monkeys in Bali macaques
Can I help you?
Monkey (macaque) laughing, Bali, Indonesia (Ulu Watu)
this monkey started laughing so hard he appeared to fall off the branch and roll, and then kept until 2 other monkeys joined him in the laughter.