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Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary- feeding session with amazing photos

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey side 2

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is an excellent place to get close to the proboscis monkeys. 

This sanctuary is located near Sandakan, roughly 25 km from the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

It was established in the middle of the 1990s when an oil palm plantation decided to retain part of the natural habitat as the sanctuary when developing this place. Today, this sanctuary is a home of about 150 free-ranging proboscis monkeys.

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The mangrove forest is in great peril since its destruction is the biggest threat to the proboscis monkeys. Therefore, the mission is to provide sanctuary for proboscis monkeys and educate people on sustainable ways to coexist with nature and its inhabitants.

1. Fees

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary ticketing

Since it is a privately-owned sanctuary, we had to purchase RM15 tickets as Malaysian residents.  The ticket is RM60 for international visitors.

Camera fees are RM10 per person.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary ticketing viewing platform

The sanctuary offers the opportunity to view Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys, which come in twice a day from the surrounding swamps for feeding near a comfortable viewpoint.

There are two viewing platforms at the sanctuary. At platform A, the feeding time is 9:30 am and 2.30 pm, whereas at platform B, it is 11:30 am, and the second feeding is 4.30 pm. 

proboscis monkey alpha male

We arrived at the sanctuary around 11.00 am, just about the feeding time. So we went to platform B.

Don’t miss the video shot at the sanctuary. It is at the end of this article. 👇👇

2. At the viewing platform

Proboscis monekey viewing platform

We were asked to dress appropriately and apply insecticides, especially since some of us are sensitive to mosquitoes bite.

Proboscis monkey wooden platform

It is also a rule to stay on the public walkways and observe the monkeys only on the platform.

We could take videos and photos, but a flashlight was not allowed.

3. Feeding sessions at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

proboscis monkeys feeding session 2

Once the ranger placed the food on the wooden platform, groups of proboscis monkeys descended from the nearby trees and the mangrove forests and headed towards the wooden platform for the meal. 

proboscis monkeys

The feeding platform provides excellent opportunities for visitors to take awesome photos at a safe yet closed distance.

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The monkeys usually come in male groups and harem groups (female group). Sometimes they also come as a family.

proboscis monkeys feeding session

The proboscis monkeys at the sanctuary enjoy their favorite food, pancakes and cucumbers, alongside the natural diet.

Labuk Bay is not only home for the proboscis monkeys. Silver leaf monkeys, otters, slow lorises, and hornbills can also be found on a day at the sanctuary.

4. The proboscis is not an ordinary monkey

proboscis monkey alpha male 2

The proboscis monkey is not your average day monkey. Instead, the monkey has a very distinct appearance. They have big dangling noses, pot bellies, and webbed toes (They are excellent swimmers).

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey side 1

Male proboscis monkeys can reach about 50 pounds, but the female monkey is only half the size. 

The male proboscis monkey has reddish flat-top hairstyles and a huge pendulous nose when they are sexually mature, with the biggest nose of all taking the role of the alpha male.

Proboscis monekey tree branch

Adult proboscis monkeys have very distinctly light brown fur around their heads and shoulders. And the color is gray around the arms and legs. The fur around the pubic region and the tail is white. From afar, it looks like a well-dressed man.

proboscis monkeys climb tree

My wife says these monkeys are the most handsome monkeys of all.

5. Proboscis is an endangered spesis

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey side 3

Found only in the coastal forest of Borneo, these monkeys are listed as endangered or on the Red List of threatened species and are also a protected species in Sabah.

Proboscis monekey sit

Proboscis monkeys generally live in groups of one alpha male (the dominant male), several adult females, and offspring.

When the male offspring matured about 1 1/2 years to leave their family and join the all-male group (our guide called it ‘the Boys Club’ for protection and companionship.

The females also leave their nature groups to avoid inbreeding and reduce competition for food.

6. Other animals and birds

Besides proboscis monkeys, we saw long-tailed macaque, purple herons, and others.

 Long Tailed Macaque
purple heron

We spot an interesting mud crab eating in action- enjoying a meal 🙂

mud crab

Our next destination – Kinabatangan River

Now we are watching the proboscis monkey at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, but we also had the opportunity to encounter the wild proboscis monkeys along the Kinabatangan River.

We will show you more videos and photos in the following video, taken during our river cruise at Kinabatangan river.

Watch our proboscis monkey video shot during our trip. 👇👇

If you have read this blog post this far, don’t miss out on the video shot at the sanctuary. Click the image below to watch on YouTube (shot in high definition!).

Other places we visited in Sabah, Malaysia

If you like this article, you may also want to read about other articles we wrote during our visit to Sabah, Malaysia.