In Kampung Gramma another special animal is living: the Firefly. After you come back from the boattrip and you enjoyed your dinner you can spot the insects as soon as the sky is completely dark. They live in forests with a lot of water, mostly in trees directly at the waterside.
The flashing you see is only produced by the males, to attract the females. Often the males form big groups of up to 1.000 animals to send out a brighter signal to the females. The flashing can be spotted all year long, because the breeding time is all year long too. In rainy days though, it is reduced.
It is very difficult to capture the flashes on pictures. If you want to, you should use a very sensitive film and a tripod. And another recommendation: if you want to spot the Fireflies, cover your skin or use mosquito repellant, because together with the fireflies, you mosquitos wake up too.
A third species that you can possibly spot at the Klias Wetlands is the Silver Langur. These animals are extremely shy, so it's hard to spot them and even harder to get them on a picture.
The Silver Langur has a very dark skin colour with short "silver" hairs all over its body and longer hairs around its face. They can get up to 12 kilos of weight and upto 80 centimetres of height. In the wild they'll reach and age of up to 20 years.
The animals are found in the whole of Southeast Asia and in India, living in the higher canopies of the forests. They live in group of 10 to 60 animals, but every "family" has its own territory within the groups area. The Silver Langur eats leaves, fruits and flowers and usually does not move much because of the slow digestation of the food.
For this species you really need binoculars to get a good view of them, and you should stay calm and quiet, because the Langur does not like visitors.
Further away from the village, the chance of spotting a Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis Larvatus) gets bigger. These animals are not happy with humans around and prefer large areas with mangrove forests or coastal forests. Due to deforestation, their living area gets smaller and smaller every year. This is why the Proboscis is an endangered species.
The Proboscis Monkey has a grey and red-brown fur-colour. Their faces are pink, with a large nose, especially in case of males. The animals have long tails and a big belly, and the males have a striking *** that has a very red colour and is erected almost the complete day.
The male animals can weigh up to 22 kilos while the female reaches up to 12 kilos. The Proboscis Monkeys live in groups of 3 to 32 animals. They always live close to the river, going further away in the morning and coming back towards the water in the late afternoon and the night, their mostt active period. In this period they search for food, mostly fresh, young leaves and some fruits.They can jump over long distances between trees. But even when they are not active it's easy to spot them, when they are sleeping in trees close to the water.
After your boattrip you will get your dinner in Kampung Gramma. At the pier you will find a simple buffet, with local food. In my case it was, of course, white rice, chicken, some fish and salad. One drink is included in the price too.
The Proboscis Monkey is also called "Dutchman Monkey" or "Monyet Belanda" in Malay. Why exactly they have this name is not clear, but the possible reasons that are mentioned are definitely not flattering for "us" Dutchmen:
1) They have a big nose, the longer the male's nose is, the more attractive the monkeys are.
2) They have a red face, the Dutchmen, during the time of their colonization, had red faces too all the time, due to sun and alcohol.
3) They have a big belly. For the Dutchmen the reason was their beer-consumption. For the Monkeys it is because they have an enormous stomach that can take up to 25% of its total body weight.
4) Both Proboscis Monkeys and Dutchmen can be very hairy, on the belly, but also on the back, on the arms and on the legs.
5) Why does nobody mention the big size of the Proboscis' p.nis?