Proboscis Monkeys

Not Just a Nose

Classification


Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Primates

Family:Cercopithecidae

Genus:Nasalis

Scientific Name:Nasalis larvatus

Common Name:Proboscis Monkey

Other Name(s):Long-Nosed Monkey

Key Information

Proboscis Monkeys are a species of Old World Monkeys, which means that they are closely related to Baboons and Mandrills. They live primarily in Borneo, specifically in the wetland forests. They are able to survive in these wet areas due to a great swimming ability, including webbed toes and hands! Feeding on an herbivore's diet of seeds and unripened fruit, they will also occasionally eat an insect or two. These monkeys live in harems, dominated by a single male with several females in each, and it is believed that their large nose helps males be seen as more attractive to the females. They are listed as endangered as their population has declined by 80% in the past 3 decades, but are now protected from hunting and/or capture by humans.
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