Nasalis Larvatus "kera belanda" : An Exotic Ecotourism in Borneo

Kera belanda (dutch macaque) Borneo people call this unique and beautiful animal.
No need to rub your eyes. The title of this article is intentionally lowercase all beginning of the word. Because it refers to a term. An ape. Typical of Borneo. High-nosed animal: nasalis larvatus. Aka proboscis monkey.

The Netherlands, Holland, or the Dutch have many predicates. Especially it concerns various plants and animals. In Java, there are: jati londo, mlati londo, even londo ireng. In Borneo, there are dutch jackfruit and dutch macaque. I don't know exactly, is there a dayak ape in the Netherlands?

Handsome and beautiful. High-nosed. That is the appearance of the Dutch ape, or in scientific (Latin) nasalis lavartus which means: high-nosed animal.

Have you ever witnessed what proboscis monkeys look like and behave? If not, then travel to Kalimantan.

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In Borneo, you'll enjoy exotic landscapes that are second to none on earth. Near Kempungku, Jangkang not far from the border of Sarawak, Malaysia, there is a virgin forest. And proboscis monkeys live there!

What is the rhythm of life of proboscis monkeys? Not all animals can live in all places. There are animals that can only live in certain areas, related to habitats that are commensurate with their biological rhythms.

High-nosed animals. Especially in males and reddish hair color, proboscis monkeys are called Dutch apes. The weight of adult proboscis monkeys is between 20-24 kilograms. Beautiful stature, clean, shiny fur, makes proboscis monkeys unsightly. Its large high nose resembles a tuber, making the male handsome and the female beautiful.

Like the proboscis monkey (nasalis larvatus) which only lives in the forests of Kalimantan and its surroundings. Because this animal is rare, it is protected by law. People cannot catch and keep proboscis monkeys at will, because it will threaten the existence of the life of this high-nosed animal.

Foreign tourists who visit Kalimantan, usually never miss watching the behavior of proboscis monkeys, along with the interesting attractions they make. Therefore, they will choose to take an ecotourism trip to the proboscis monkey habitat area.

Where should you go on an ecotour to see the life of proboscis monkeys? Head to the mangroves of Borneo and surrounding islands. Or deep into the wide rivers in the interior where the forests are still dense and virgin. It is there that the habitat of proboscis monkeys inhabits areas along coasts and rivers, especially in mangroves. Near my village, I can still hear the sound of proboscis monkeys: roaring, far breaking the wilderness....

Because of the high nose, especially in males and reddish hair color, proboscis monkeys are called Dutch apes. The weight of adult proboscis monkeys is between 20-24 kilograms. Beautiful stature, clean, shiny fur, makes proboscis monkeys unsightly. Its large high nose resembles a tuber, making the male handsome and the female beautiful.

This endangered species was recorded in an 1848 report by Hugh Low as follows: "it is workable for its very long nose; It is a very fine monkey, in size approaching the orangutan, but much less distinguishing in appearance. It is furnished wit a very long tail, and it is fur is particulary fine, and of the pretty fawn color; it head is small; it feeds on fruit."

Just so you know. This Dutch macaque is more female than male. Females who chase males. In the mating season, male proboscis monkeys are pretentious to sell expensively.

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There are several explanations for why proboscis monkeys have high noses. With a high nose, proboscis monkeys will be able to survive longer when these animals dive in the water. In groups, proboscis monkeys often dive across rivers, across water-soaked mangroves. This opportunity often invites the attention of crocodiles, proboscis monkeys' only enemy, to prey on them. But instantly proboscis monkeys can immediately dodge, darting to the surface of the water, then deftly jumping upwards catching one of the tree branches.

It's very interesting to watch an attraction like this, proboscis monkeys are like risking their lives for a very expensive show. When diving, the water will ripple and make a rumbling sound. From one branch the proboscis monkey moves to another, and if the branches are far apart, then the proboscis monkey will jump far and fall to the surface of the water, dive, then come back to the surface of the water.

A high nose is also useful for resisting the sound resonance caused when proboscis monkeys call for other flocks when they are in a dense forest, or when there is a threatening danger. The danger that threatens to be apparent to proboscis monkeys is more obvious. In case of danger, his high nose becomes erect and conspicuous red. The same thing happens when male proboscis monkeys are on a rampage.

The sound of proboscis monkeys is very distinctive, long, and loud. Hearing his voice from a distance, the people of Borneo already understood the existence of one type of ape. Although closely related, he is completely different from wau-wau – or in the local term klampiau.

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Proboscis monkeys live on trees, but often go ashore and swim. Living in groups consists of 12-17 heads. Breeding by giving birth to a cub every birth. Because proboscis monkeys are endemic animals and their populations are sparse, to maintain their sustainability these animals are protected by law. These animals are also called bakara, rasong, pika, bars.

A group of proboscis monkeys often visit a patch of mangrove forest for a long time, sometimes months. Then, it suddenly disappears looking for new areas where food is still widely available. Looking for food in the morning and evening. The main food is mangrove leaves (rhizophora) and pedada, as well as flowers and fruits. Usually, after shedding the leaves of the pedada until bare, a flock of proboscis monkeys will look for new land. When the fallen leaves sprout again, usually new proboscis monkeys will come back again.

Not too mistaken, proboscis monkeys are called "Dutch apes". Because it really looks like the appearance and behavior of the company in the past. After extracting the produce of the archipelago, returned to his country....

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