Meet the Proboscis Monkey, a Borneo Island native fauna. Borneo, also known as Kalimantan, is the third largest island on Earth, featuring dense tropical rainforest habitats for a variety of Indonesia’s endemic species. One of the well-known endemic species on this island is the Proboscis Monkey, known also as bekantan to the locals.
There are actually two variants of the proboscis monkey species. The Nasalis Larvatus is found throughout Borneo, while their cousins, the Nasalis Larvatus Orientalis can only be found in the north-eastern region of the island. In the wild, the proboscis monkeys are normally found in some mangrove forest habitats, wetlands or swampy areas, and coastal rainforests.
Unfortunately, the proboscis monkey wild population is on a steady decline, and even has the endangered status by the IUCN Red List due to poaching, deforestation, and the loss of habitat. “As one of the largest wildlife conservation institute in Bali, Bali Safari Park participates in the conservation and protection of this endemic species of Borneo,” says Thomas Colbert, General Manager of Bali Safari Park.
In Bali Safari Park alone, visitors can encounter four proboscis monkeys — two males named Genta and Kalawa, and two females named Safira and Agustin. The Bekantan Habitat in Bali Safari Park was designed to closely resemble their native habitat in Borneo. There is a great abundance of trees to climb and sit on, and a pool to accommodate their swimming habit.
Visitors can delight in observing the various unique behaviours of the bekantan monkeys, from actively moving between trees, and swinging between branches. In addition, during hot weather, you can spot them cooling off in the swimming pool. The proboscis monkeys have no problem spending some time in the water. They have webbed feet to help them swim, and a kind of valve that prevents water from entering their nose. In the wild, they have been observed to swim across rivers and between small islands.
Are you curious to know more about the proboscis monkeys? Come and visit them at Bali Safari Park. Visitors will not only get to know Indonesia’s various endemic species, but also in many parts of the world. It’s #TimetoSafari at Bali Safari Park, visit and learn about wildlife and Bali’s exotic culture.
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