These baby monkeys are so adorable. It’s easy to forget that they’re wild animals. Be careful out there!
Most of these photos are from seeing these baby long-tailed Macaques in Bako National Park, in Malaysian Borneo.
Tips for photographing wildlife
I find these little infant monkeys to be so adorable! If you come across baby wildlife in the wild, be aware of your surroundings. Mothers do not take kindly to anyone else in between them and their child!
More baby wildlife
These baby monkeys in Borneo were cute. Here’s my favorite baby animals that I’ve seen wild so far.
The most common type of monkeys in Asia is called a macaque. Long-tailed macaques are not shy at all. Sometimes these monkeys are also aggressive. Be careful!
They’re not shy, and often allow you to get close. This makes for some wonderful closeup photos like this one (below) from Bako National Park.
Another travel photographer said this wildlife shot of a long-tailed macaque (the monkey in the above photo) should be the next cover of Lonely Planet Borneo. Perhaps! I’m really flattered by the compliment! I need to thank the photogenic monkeys that were so kind to pose for me.
Getting this photo:
Shots like this are challenging, because this monkey doesn’t typically pose for you. Macro shots aren’t compatible with motion. Thus, you can’t predict eye contact from wildlife. You need to be in the right focus to have the monkey crisp with the background blurred. This helps the photo really pop! In contrast, I love the composition of the lower photo, but it requires zoom. This makes the depth of field much more flat.
Pronunciation for the most common monkeys in Asia
Yes, the correct pronunciation for this monkey is actually Muh-kok. [Giggle giggle]
Macaque monkeys in Asia on my trip
The monkey I saw most often on my trip through Asia was the macaque. When I first saw long-tailed macaques on the cliffs of Ulu Watu, in Bali Indonesia, I thought it was a rare opportunity. Then I saw plenty more throughout my trip. I soon learned they’re all over Asia!