People usually take granted for places, products even animals roaming in their jungle. I happened to visit Krabi near Phuket Thailand sometime ago with a group of European colleagues and were brought to a wetland area. I thought I could see Thai birds or so. It was a long journey. Eventually I asked the Thai guide. What were we looking for. He said to see plant that can survive in salty water and to see fisherman around that area. I laughed by myself after knowing we were to see the mangrove tress; Pidada trees, nipah and kayu bakau. I said to myself, ke Temburung pun banyak barang ani. But the Thai people are very smart. Indah-indah cam anipun dijadikannya tourist attractions. Orang Putih never see bakau trees; roots above the sea level. The Thai guide also showed us orang menyelam kupang. Wow, this is something I experience during my childhood di laut Kampung Baru-Baru. Menyelam tengah laut. But the European friends were so fascinated. Macam orang Brunei baru sampai ke Eropah meliat snow !!!
Ok guys. I’m going to tell U about Proboscis. For those who does’nt know about this creature, Proboscis is a type of ambuk. We can find only in Borneo. On the way to Kuala Penyu in Sabah I usually came across busload of Koreans and Japanese going to remote kampong called Kota Klias (sound like a city ah ) to see this ambuk and burung klip-klip yang mengeluarkan cahaya waktu malam.
It’s hard to see burung kelip kelip near the tunjang in Brunei nowadays. But tour operators in Brunei gain something on ambuk Proboscis. They organize sight seeing on this creature.
Its good to know, even to the local town folks to see these ambuk. Many young people does’nt know the existent of this type of ambuk.
U got to have binoculurs to see proboscis from the distant jumping from one Pidada tree to another. . These monkeys are also proficient swimmers They often cross rivers and narrow points in big groups because they run a risk of being preyed upon by crocodiles, while in the water.
See the nose, big and red . They've to lift the nose when eating. Proboscis monkeys are vegetarian and predominantly eat leaves, although fruit, seeds, and flowers are included in their diet when available. The prefer the pedada leaves.
Some people called this monkey as Bangkatan. In Malay monkey is monyet whilst in Brunei Malay monyet=ambuk. So many local people called them ambuk Bangkatan. In Indonesia they called this monkey as Monyet Belanda. Why ? May be the Indonesian felt that the Proboscis resembled the European former colonialists (the Belanda = Dutch) ; both were hairy, both had big noses, both had pot bellies! (sorry friends: nowaday many Malays also have pot bellies)
The male and female are distinguished by the size of the body and the nose. The male is bigger than the female and its nose is more pointed. Females do not have this characteristic. The nose of male, can be 4 inches long, hangs down like a small trunk to the end of the monkey's mouth. In the female and the young, the nose is shorter and turned up at the end. The males' big nose is a secondary sex characteristic: the bigger the nose is, the sexier the monkey is. It has also been suggested that the nose aids in radiating excess body heat. These monkeys are also proficient swimmers and expert at leaping from tree to tree, or from a riverside tree into the middle of a river. They often cross rivers and narrow points in big groups because they run a risk of being preyed upon by crocodiles, while in the