Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bukit Lawang: Monkey Town

Bukit Lawang is famous for being located next to a forest full of orangutans, but it is also chock full of other monkeys... while bopping around town we saw troops of long-tailed macaques (which I consider to be the rats of the SE Asian monkey world) hanging out in the trees.  


More interestingly, there was also a troop of Thomas's leaf monkeys that we saw on several occasions in Bukit Lawang (we also saw a couple in the jungle).  Thomas's leaf monkeys are endemic to northern Sumatra (meaning they are unique to this area) and are pretty awesome looking with their striped mohawk hair-dos.   On our last full day in town we were eating lunch on the second floor of a guest house, eye level with the power line that hangs alongside the road, and we captured this gang of Thomas's leaf monkeys on the move:

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  1. Those monkeys run funny! Looks like they are about to fall off.

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    1. Yah, we were wondering if the electricity went back on as they were running... It was in and out the whole time we were in town.

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