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Dusky Leaf Monkeys (Spectacled Langurs)


Sometimes we get some funny looks on Capturing Penang.

And other times, indifference.


And occasionally (okay, this is the first time), we find two characters willing to duke it out to be featured on Capturing Penang...


We spotted this group of dusky leaf monkeys (spectacled langurs) for the first time at Air Itam Dam, but for the best chance to see them, try Penang National Park - on the trail to Pantai Kerachut. 

You might even be able to see a baby dusky leaf monkey with its characteristic orange fur (you can see the orange tail of a baby in the photo below).

10 comments:

Christina Schweighofer said...

Cool pictures. Very amusing!

stephen said...

Haven't been to Kerachut since my schooldays and that was like light years ago! Nice pics of the genuinely original inhabitants.Heard they are giving the macaques a hard time in terms of territorial space.

Reese said...

Thanks Christina. Yeah, very amusing. They move pretty fast from tree to tree, so not always easy to see them this close.

Reese said...

Hi Stephen,

The macaques' stronghold is definitely at the Botanic Gardens, where they sit around all day eating ice cream (not to blame the monkeys for humans not thinking).

I think as long as dusky leaf monkeys don't get a taste for 'Paddle Pops', an all out turf war will be avoided.

We'll keep you updated:)

Mark

Victor said...

Cheeky little monkeys. Big round white eyes and white nose! Quite unusual looking, esp staring back at you and Mark with great curiosity. Interesting personality than the brown macaque monkeys at BG, which will probably snatched at your camera or even your backpack! I was chased by one on my last visit to BG and saw that fella shacking and drinking a big bottle of coke! As I got closer to take a shot, he hissed at me and showed his vicious sharp fangs! And, when we left the BG, there were a couple of young American tourists, who just bought a sandwich ice cream form the tricycle ice cream vendor. One monkey jumped at the male tourist and snatched his ice cream sandwich right off his hand! LOL.

Reese said...

Hi Victor,

Those macaques are aggressive at BG. Tourists never know what they are getting themselves into when they buy a snack and walk in to a monkey ambush.

Surprisingly, and unfortunately, BG has always been the place you go to feed monkeys. At least since the 1920's, per the book - "Hail, Penang!". A hundred years of monkeys eating junk food...

hanim said...

i got 1 at my home...he's so adoreable,name tuah..

hanim said...

i got 1 at my home...he's so adoreable,name tuah..

Christina Schweighofer said...

Cool pictures. Very amusing!

Keyra said...

Hanim may I know how did you get it. Ive been interested to keep it as a pet for a while so badly but I dont know where to find it