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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, a semi-autonomous state in Malaysia, located on the massive Island of Borneo.

Scenic wonders and fascinating wildlife are the major attractions here as Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Malay Gibbons, Asia Elephants and other endangered species are commonplace.

Just to the east of the city in a steamy rain forest, the Malaysian government has established a protective reserve to help preserve their indigenous animals. Especially vulnerable are the Orangutan and Proboscis Monkeys.


Note the feet on this Orangutan, They look just like hands, and for the most part, they are.


Nothing beats a smoke after lunch. Well, this young Proboscis monkey seems to be enjoying one.

An unidentified rain forest flower. malaysia
Our ship was welcomed to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia by a dance troupe, and this is one of the group. Charming! dotmalaysia
Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orangutans are currently found in only the rainforest's of Borneo and Sumatra. This Orangutan spotted me and my camera from his lofty perch in the protective preserve. Did you know? Orangutans can live over 30 years in both the wild and captivity.malaysia
Orangutans spend most of their time in trees, and their hair is typically reddish-brown, instead of the brown or black hair typical of chimpanzees and gorillas. Fruit is the most important component of an orangutan's diet; however, they will also eat vegetation, bark, honey, insects and even bird eggs.malaysia
This is an endangered Proboscis monkey enjoying a carrot. The Proboscis monkey (or long-nosed monkey), is a reddish-brown monkey that is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo. Proboscis monkeys generally live in groups composed of one adult male, a handful of adult females and their offspring.malaysia
This is a young Asian Elephant immersed in a river on the island of Borneo. The Asian inhabits Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. The Asian elephant is smaller than the African elephantmalay gibbon malaysia
Gibbons are often seen in zoos, but not this one, as it was swinging free in a rain forest on the island of Borneo. Gibbons are commonly found in Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. This one looked a bit angry to me.

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The Sun Bear called a "Honey Bear" in Malaysia is found in the tropical forest habitats of Southeast Asia. It is classified as endangered, and over the past three decades the global population has declined by more than 30%. Not surprisingly, bees, beehives, and honey are the most important food items of Honey Bears.

I found this beautiful wild flower growing in the protective preserve. Nature at its best on display in Malaysia.malaysia
This is a shot of the previously mentioned dance troupe that welcomed our ship to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. One of the dancers seemed to be asking, "Are You Looking At Me?" Well, I certainly was.

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