The monkeys of Bako National Park

The monkeys of Bako National Park

Heading slowly in to wild Bako National Park from the sea it appears your boat is about to run aground amongst dense mangroves. A narrow channel suddenly opens up to reveal a small dock, however, and from here you can explore the park on a multitude of trails, bridges and boardwalks. From coastal cliff and sandy beach, through rolling hills to peaks, Bako National Park is a wild jungle delight for its dense vegetation, profusion of wildlife -particularly monkeys- and dramatic sweeps of beach and sea stack islets. The bulb nosed, fat-gutted proboscis monkeys live in the forest, alongside silver leaf monkeys, monitor lizards, bearded pigs and the ever-playful long-tail macaques. This is perhaps the world’s cheekiest monkey, so be sure to keep your sunnies or uneaten food tucked away; the ones around the dock are keen to steal anything not bolted down, though elsewhere in the park they’re just inquisitive and fearless, rather than kleptomaniac.

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