PROBOSCIS MONKEY (Nasalis larvatus)

Save the endangered Proboscis Monkey species!


The Proboscis Monkey can be found in either coastal forests or lowland rainforests close to freshwater rivers. They are endemic to the island or Borneo in South East Asia and found all over the coast. What makes the Proboscis Monkey special is their long nose that hangs down past their mouths. Their name actualy means, large pendulous nose that hangs down over their mouth. They are also known for being quite large for a monkey species, males are around 35- 48 lbs and females weigh around 15-26 lbs. Their fur is a brownish red and grey color. Their current status is, endangered. In 1977 thier were 6,400 Proboscis Monkeys left in the wild, now today their are currently around 1,000 left in the wild. Their future status will continue to be endangered and critically endangered due to the people destroying their habitat. Proboscis monkeys survive mainly on a diet of leaves, seeds, and unripe fruits but will occasionally consume insects as well.

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The Proboscis Monkey's main two threats are man kind and the Clouded Leopard. The Proboscis Monkey's were protected by its mangrove habitat back many years ago, which were unhabitable for human beings. Now in todays world, there is technology that has been provided which is able to cut down the mangroves and fill them in with housing and buildings. Logging has killed off many many Proboscis Monkeys and will keep on doing so, so thier biggest threat would deffinatley be human beings. Being a quite large monkey that can move pretty swiftly, the monkeys do not have many predators, but when they are on the ground, Clouded leopards and crocadiles are known to kill and eat the Proboscis monkeys.

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There are a few groups that are trying and doing there best to conserve the monkeys in the islands of Borneo. A large campaign called the Palm Oil Campaign has been raising money and has been getting many people to help fight the production of palm oil rigs in the islands or Borneo. The palm oiling has killed many many monkeys and will continue to do so untill something happens about the palm oiling.The proboscis monkey is protected by law, and is listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, banning international trade. There are also at least a dozen protected areas where the Proboscis monkey lives.
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The Proboscis monkeys are important because they are the largest mammals found inhabiting the higher levels of the canopy in the rainforests of Borneo. They eat the fruits and the leaves in the upper canopy region where other animals cant get to, this helps the trees grow more fruits and leaves. Thats how it affects the ecosystem, it eats the trees fruits and leaves, then the tree reproduces more fruit and leaves for bugs and insects, then the clouded leopard eats the monkeys, its a cycle. If there were no fruits or leaves for the monkeys to eat then there would be no monkyes for the leopards to eat. The proboscis monkeys do not have an impact on our economy really at all. The only way we can help the proboscis monkeys survive is by getting envolved in groups, donating money, and getting our voices heard in campaigns and movements to save the rainforests.
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