Labuk Bay Resort – Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – Sandakan, Sabah

So we arrived in Sabah to rain sadly, we got there quite early in the morning direct to Sandakan from KL and were picked up promptly by our first guide Adam – a very knowledgeable local tribal guy from the Sandakan area (I forget which tribe he was from, but he said they were river people often farming the flood plains surrounding rivers and estuaries).

The weather wasn’t great so I didn’t really take any pictures on the way there and it was raining and muddy as hell so the ride (once we got off road onto the plantation roads) was pretty crazy…something like the rollercoasters at Blackpool. So we basically hung on for dear life for the hour or so it took us to reach the resort (we got stuck a couple of times but Adam had some l33t driving skills and got us out of there).

There was hardly anyone at the resort when we got there, actually I think for the morning feeding time we were the only people there and there was a fantastic turn-out of both Silverred Leaf Monkeys (Lotong) and the Proboscis Monkeys (Monyet Belanda) we went to see.

Proboscis Monkey Group

If you don’t know about the Proboscis Monkey they are actually an endangered species and if you haven’t seen them, you should! People come from all over the world to visit the wildlife in Sabah and Sarawak. You can read more at Wikipedia here: Proboscis Monkey.

The other monkey we got very close to was the Silverred Monkey or the Silver Langur/Lutung which LOVES to eat long beans.

Silverred or Langur/Lutung Leaf Monkey

They have the cutest little orange juveniles too, even though this mother was too busy eating her beans..and almost lost her baby.

Silverred or Langur/Lutung Leaf Monkey

Even when it climbed back up she was like ‘whatever – if you can’t climb on your own tough luck!’.

Juvenile Silverred or Langur/Lutung Leaf Monkey

One thing I noticed is Proboscis Monkeys have the most obscene bright red penises and they seem to have a permanent boner…plus what made me laugh is their manhood looks exactly like a piece of photographic equipment called a Giotto Rocket Blower.

Giotto Rocket Blower or Proboscis Monkey Penis?

Interesting eh? Anyway…that’s another story. We had a great time the morning we arrived, no one to disturb the wildlife but us and all 3 groups came out to play! One of the mature males even came right on to the feeding platform close to us.

Mature Male Proboscis Monkey

I think they feed them some kind of bread/cake.

Proboscis Monkey Feeding

They always sit with it all spread out too like “Yo, check out my package man”.

Proboscis Monkey Showing his Package

Each group tends to have an Alpha male then a bunch of females and young.

Proboscis Monkey Group

They actually live out in the wild, the place is in the middle of a Palm Oil plantation and was bought by someone to preserve the environment of the Proboscis Monkeys. It’s a very beautiful and relaxing place.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

The Silver Langur monkeys would actually come right up to us and take the beans from our hands.

Portrait of a Silver Langur Monkey

Here’s the whole gang chilling on the fence.

Probscis Monkeys

And me!

ShaolinTiger at Labuk Bay Resort

And this was all before lunch on the first day! We headed out to another location to have lunch before the second feeding around 4pm. More on that soon though!

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17 Responses to Labuk Bay Resort – Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary – Sandakan, Sabah

  1. slumbeRAJA December 12, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    haha. nice post man. red penis, that’s scary. plus, how come it stays erected all the time? gotta learn the skill from them.

  2. Mark Leo December 12, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    damn, I will never look at my Giotto blower in the same light ever again!


  3. BLue December 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    It’s been years since my last visit to Sandakan and I haven’t visit any interesting places over there yet -.-

  4. hippie December 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    Lol. the Red penis is pretty obscene. Well, the baby monkey is pretty cute though!!

  5. TZ December 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    I was on vacation @ Sabah last year April…
    Start from Tawau –> Mabul Island –> Danum Valley –> Sandakan. It was a memorable and relaxing 9 days vacation with my cousins and scientist friends who is working in Danum Valley 🙂

  6. BaLQiZ December 12, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Half afraid to scroll lower to see the rest of your picture but thank god, you’re fully clothe 🙂

  7. Huai Bin December 13, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    OMG! I’m from Sarawak and I’ve never seen a proboscis monkey up close. Nice shots ST. Thanks for the FB photos.

  8. KY December 13, 2008 at 2:20 am #

    HAHAHhaha rocket blower ftw!!!

  9. Darren December 13, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    damn that’s funny! the resemblance is 99%

  10. Evon T. December 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    the red penissss…….. XD XD LMAO

  11. gazard7 December 14, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Proboscis Monkey is really interesting, I mean the “package”, Hehe!

  12. ShaolinTiger December 15, 2008 at 3:19 am #

    slumbeRAJA: Take too much viagra? Might turn red too if you’re lucky.

    Mark Leo: Yah I own one too, that’s why I was so amused when I saw it haha.

    BLue: You gotta check this place out, it’s awesome.

    hippie: Obscene and cute all in one post, I keep it real eh.

    TZ: Sounds like a really nice trip.

    BaLQiZ: Afraid, or excited?!

    Huai Bin: Tsk tsk, well now you’re in KL you can justify taking a holiday over there 😉 And NP.

    KY: Scary resemblance eh.

    Darren: Yah it’s super super similar.

    Evon T.: Classic eh?

    gazard7: Hahah yah, don’t get too interested in it though eh? Not healthy..

  13. Matthew December 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Looks like a really nice place to place in my future itinerary.

    I love Sabah and will be visiting it again in the near future 🙂

    … When will you be conquering Mount Kinabalu?

  14. ShaolinTiger December 17, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    Matthew: Definitely worth a visit, I’m planning to go back for sure. The Mountain…hmm will take some training – but I do plan to do it.

  15. chikungfu December 19, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    hehehe that red penis.. bizarre

  16. G Zaharoff June 27, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    What an INCREDIBLE adventure…just incredible. From what I understand, the erection is because he is excited (of course) and they get erections very easily.

    The reason for him sitting the way he is showing his “stuff” is because he IS the Alpha Male…the picture you took is INCREDIBLE. All females and (I think) a lower-ranking male, the Alpha standing that way, with an erection. He is the boss of his troop.

    Interesting enough, if he was overthrown but another male, he would not be sitting that way. He wouldn’t be strutting his stuff.

    GREAT pictures.

  17. ShaolinTiger June 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    chikungfu: Yah weird eh.

    G Zaharoff: Thanks for your kind words, they are very human like and yah I believe you are right it’s dominant behaviour reserved for the Alpha Male.

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