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Kunang-Kunang simply means fireflies in the local language, and a good place to see fireflies in northern Borneo is at the Klias Peninsular. Lies at the heart of the Klias Peninsular is the mocha colour Klias River, which flows south and eventually reaches the sea at a small town, called Menumbok. At the Klias River, the term Kunang-Kunang is also the name of an eighty feet long house boat, which brings guests on a deluxe cruise to discover the beauty and wonders of the Borneo Mangrove Wetland. Kunang-Kunang is one of the largest boats on the Klias river, and it can accommodate up to fifty persons. Types of animals and primates that one will be able to see along the river include the Proboscis Monkey, Silver Leaf Monkey, Long Tailed Macaque, Monitor Lizard and the Borneo Water Buffalo. Birds are also commonly spotted on the trip.
Proboscis Monkey is endemic to the Borneo Island and they are not found anywhere else on earth. It is also educational to known that Nasalis Larvatus is the scientific name of the proboscis monkey. Their habitats are mostly swampy mangrove wetland as well as the river floodplain. In Sabah the proboscis monkey is found in quite a few places, which include the Klias Peninsular and Usukan area on the west coast, and in the east coast they are mostly sighted around the Kinabatangan river and the Labuk Bay area.
The next generation after Allister and Bill from the popular TV programme on Discovery Channel and Planet Animal at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Many of you might have come across the story of Allister & Bill at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary through the popular TV channel Discovery or Animal Planet. This TV programme talked about how Allister and Bill and their harem, a group of thirty, lived their life in the forest, especially about the scarcity of food from the natural forest where they lived, which has been turned into plantations.
A mere two hour drive down south of Kota Kinabalu, will bring one to the Klias Wetland. Located at the south west corner of Sabah, Klias Wetland is surrounded by mangrove forests and is home to a variety of wildlife that thrives in their natural habitat. A one and a half hour cruise along the Klias River will give visitors a chance to encounter with monitor lizards, macaques, otters, crocodiles, water buffulos, and birds. And not forgetting the highlight of the visit, the proboscis monkey. The best time to watch them is in the late afternoon.