Proboscis monkey

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Proboscis monkey
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Colobinae
Genus: Nasalis
É. Geoffroy, 1812

The omnivorous Proboscis monkey is found only on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. They are the only member species Nasalis larvatus of the Nasalis genus.

They live almost exclusively in mangrove forests, but can also be found in lowland rainforests. It depends on the mangroves near river edges for resting and sleeping. They avoid deforested areas and avoid human settlements.

Appearance[change | change source]

The proboscis mae monkey is known for its very unique, large floppy nose, and the name is taken from the nose, as well. Females have a smaller pointed nose. Another peculiar fact is that a baby proboscis, with its dark blue face and black furs, looks very different from its parents. As it gets older, its fur changes to the orange color of its parents.