In Borneo, Proboscis monkeys are still referred to as ‘Orang Belanda’ which translates as “Dutch man” in Bahasa Indonesian – presumably the early Dutch settlers had large noses, pot bellies and thin red penises. Plenty of people seem to regard these primates as being ugly, but having spent far more time than is healthy with them, I have to disagree. Here’s a few photos in praise of Proboscis monkeys !
Proboscis monkeys are just one of the numerous animals featured in my new book ‘Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas’ which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world’s iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Click here for Amazon reviews