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Silver Leaf Monkey (white form) of Sabah Borneo

Presbytis cristata

Silver Leaf Monkey or Silvered Langur (species: Presbytis cristata) is a common primate in South East Asia. Normally its fur is in dark and silvery grey color like photo below, but a group of “white” Silver Leaf Monkey is recorded in Kinabatangan, Sabah (according to the book A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo).

Silver Leaf Monkey
Pic: normal Silver Leaf Monkey is in metallic grey color

Being one of the rarest primates of Borneo, the distribution and number of white Silver Leaf Monkey are so small that I didn’t expect to see one during my recent wildlife tour in Kinabatangan.

Ox-Bow Lake
Pic: Danau Pitas Lake of Kinabatangan

Therefore, I was so excited to see a group of them at Danau Pitas, one of the 20 Ox-bow lakes in Kinabatangan. However, as Silver Leaf Monkey herd is always on the move, you shall not expect to see them in the same place.

Silver Leaf Monkey (white form)
Unlike the cheeky macaque, the white morph of Silver Leaf Monkey is very elusive. Though I wish to take a very good look of them, they were hiding behind the leaves, high on the tree. There were about 4 to 5 of them in this group in the forest next to this lake.

Silvered Langur (white morph)

Presbytis cristata (white color)
When I moved closer, they started to flee and leaped to other trees.

Silver Leaf Monkey (white color)
One of them stayed around. I knew it would be gone soon, so I couldn’t keep my eyes away from it, just to enjoy the sighting as much as I could. To be precise, white morph of Silver Leaf Monkey is a bit reddish in color. Its tail is longer than its body. Silver Leaf Monkey is diurnal and arboreal. Its main diet consists of fruits, leaves and shoots.

leaping white Silvered Langur
Oops… here it ran again, such a shy and agile monkey.

Presbytis cristata (white variation)

Presbytis cristata on the tree
It still made a short appearance before vanishing into the wood. I couldn’t complain because it was lucky to see them.

Danau Pitas Lake
You may visit Danau Pitas if you come to Kinabatangan Floodplain in Sandakan. According to my guide, a 27.4-feet python was captured here in year 2002. Who knows you may see other strange creature in this lake.

Photos taken in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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Impian Lake, a lake made by volcano

Kunak Impian Lake

Sabah does not have many natural lakes. The 20-Acre Impian Lake (Tasik Impian) in Kunak is a very special one because it was a volcano crater about 20,000 to 30,000 years ago.

Impian Lake
Even though the volcano had long extinguished, the underground thermal activity is still carried on. There is a hot spring just behind the mountain.

Impian Lake
Impian means “Dream” in Malaysia language. It is indeed a beautiful lake. The lake view is just not so “Sabah”. Most lakes I saw around Sabah are small, murky and covered with green algae (due to pollution).

Impian Lake
Impian Lake also plays a part in shaping the human history of Sabah. If I heard the guide correctly, this lake was used to be a river, but later its exit point was blocked and it became a lake. The water stopped flowing to a very important archeological site of Sabah, i.e. Tingkayu, one of the most advanced civilizations during that time. The Tingkayu Lake dried up, so the people was forced to move to Madai.

Impian Lake
Impian Lake is inside the Mostyn Oil Palm Plantation, a private land under Sime Darby. The company turns this area into a golf course and builds a resthouse (Lake View Resthouse) for the members. They do a great job to maintain the area.

Impian Lake
The yellow floating plant is Salvinia molesta from South America. It looks pretty but it’s an invasive water weed that spells disaster to the lake ecology, because it can deplete the oxygen of the lake water, threatening the fishes and aqua-animals in the water. They are trying to remove it.

Impian Lake
Thanks to Sime Darby for keeping this lake and didn’t destroy it for development.

Impian Lake

Impian Lake

Impian Lake

white crocodile skull
You would see a big crocodile skull inside the Lake View Resthouse. It is facing the Impian Lake, where it was belong to. The older generation still remember that in 1966, a white man jogged around Impian Lake and saw a white crocodile. He took out his rifle and shot it. After the white crocodile died, it rained so heavily that this area was flooded for 2 days. The people of Borneo believe that white crocodile is the avatar of the supernatural force and they should not harm the white crocodile (or they will be punished by natural disaster).

Photos taken in Kunak, Sabah Malaysia

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