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Proboscis Monkey by Colin Valentine
The island of Borneo is an endemic-rich hotspot that bewitches most naturalists who travel to her tropical shores. Home to strange and fanciful plants and wildlife, one of the oddest of all is the Proboscis Monkey that is endemic to this huge isle. Named for the male’s pendulous nose, this species is associated with riverine and mangrove forest in the lowlands, where small family groups feed almost exclusively on leaves. The enormous nose is most likely a product of sexual selection and is used to amplify various vocalisations, not to mention being a favourite with ecotourists and photographers alike. Some Malay names for the Proboscis Monkey translate to “Dutchman”, a less-than-flattering reference to the rotund bellies and large noses of the Dutch colonisers of the island and the supposed similarity to this species!
Our Borneo – Rainforest Mammals Photographic Expedition spends time cruising the wildlife-rich Kinabatangan River, where we will focus on photographing these fascinating creatures. In addition, our expedition will also target the Bornean Orangutan, the legendary orange ape of the island, as well as Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Bornean Gibbon, the striking Red Leaf Monkey, and a vast selection of colourful birds and smaller rainforest creatures.
Join Dale Morris on this incredible photographic adventure, which is scheduled for 28 Jun to 9 Jul 2015 (12 days); US$7850 per person, and only has 3 spaces available.
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