With foreign tourist numbers to Bako National Park growing by an average of around 15% every year for the past three years, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation has been working on adding to and refurbishing facilities for visitors, including the opening of a new camping ground. The Bako Boat Terminal was also temporary closed for renovation and upgrade by the Sarawak River Board from 15 April 2019 through February 2020.
Bako is said by many to be the best place in Sarawak for wildlife experiences. It is home to approximately 150 rare proboscis monkeys, found only in Borneo. The park has been a protected area since 1957, so animals are less wary of humans. Visitors, especially those who stay overnight, have countless opportunities to observe and photograph various types of wildlife. Long-tailed macaques, silvered leaf-monkeys, common water monitors, plantain squirrels, wild boar and mouse deer are also found here.
The largest mammal found at Bako is the Bornean Bearded Pig. As its name implies, it is distinguished from other wild pigs by prominent bristles either side of its snout. Bearded pigs are often found around the park HQ scavenging for food or wallowing in mud.
Photo: Monkey in Bako National Park