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Malaysia use proboscis Monkey as Mascot of Visit Malaysia Year 2014

PETALING JAYA: This time the mascot of Visit Malaysia year 2014, will be the proboscis monkey also known as long nosed monkey.

In the statement Friday, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia choose proboscis monkey as the mascot for Visit Malaysia Year 2014, “encapsulated the essence of Malaysia Truly Asia”.

The proboscis monkey are the only member of the Nasalis Genus and are found in Borneo , particularly in Sabah, one of the most endangered animals in the international UNION of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Earlier Orangutan, Hornbill, leatherback were used to promote Visit Malaysia year and the tourism of state level.

This particular species is scattered all around the country and are mostly found in Sukau, Sandakan, klias, parts of Sabah and Kinabatangan.

“The proboscis monkey possess diverse skills, they frequently leap from tree limbs and hit the water with the comical belley flop and attract their mate usually with large and long nose. It also has webbed feet, which enables them to swim and more of all, they are fairly good swimmers and they are crowd pullers as well. Eco Adventure tourists will not miss a chance to catch the glimpse of this world famous as well as endangered monkey.

Tourism Malaysia Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, advised the overseas directors to focus on the VMY 2014 promotions with special emphasis on mega events that are highly saleable to the East Asia market. She made call to the tourism Malaysia’s overseas directors, deputy directors and marketing managers of the East Asian market, during the meeting which was held at the Kunming City, China. In the overseas meeting, Deputy Director General, Datuk Azizan Noordin was also present.

In the statement, Tourism Malaysia said, the use of the proboscis money, as the mascot for VMY 2014 would give creditability and recognition to wildlife and arouse interest among tourists to appreciate nature as a national tourism asset. “In addition to mascot, this will also boost promotion of nature and wildlife conservatory initiatives through tourism,” it said.

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