Hi, my lovely readers.
I have started an animal fact series where I write a collection of articles about different animals. I have already written two which I will link at the end of the article and this is my third article on this topic.

Check out the animal fact series collection if you're interested.

NAME
The common name is 'Proboscis Monkey' and the scientific name is 'Nasalis larvatus'.

SIZE & APPEARANCE
The Proboscis monkey is one of the largest Asian monkeys. The males can reach up to 50 pounds while the females can only reach up to half their size.
The adult monkeys have a light brown fur coat that is red around their head and the shoulders. The arms, legs, and tail are grey. It is only the male who has the famous large fleshy nose.

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Female on the left and male on the right.

DIET
They are a species of mammal and are omnivores. They eat leaves, seeds, unripe fruits, and insects.

POPULATION
This beautiful monkey is unfortunately endangered and their numbers a decreasing, plummeting dramatically in the last 40 years.

ABOUT
As you probably have noticed by the pictures, these monkeys have 'fleshy pendulous noses' which males use to attract mates. It is thought to scientists that these 'organs create an echo chamber' which increases the monkeys call, this impresses the females and intimidates other male rivals.

HABITAT & BEHAVIOUR
They are native to Borneo's jungles. They never roam far from the rivers of the island, the coastal mangroves, and the swamps. These monkeys mainly live in trees and will only occasionally venture onto the land to look for food.
They live in groups where there is one dominant male with 2-7 females and their offspring. This is called a Harem.

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SWIMMING ABILITIES
These monkeys 'are the primate world's most prolific swimmers' they often jump from tree branches into the water with a belly-flop. They have webbed feet and hands which help them to outswim crocodiles who are some of their main predators.

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THREATS
Their home in the Borneo jungle is one of the most threatened landscapes in their country. The forests are being cleared for timber, settlement and palm oil plantations have consumed large areas of their habitat. The fragmentation of the monkey's range means they are being forced' to come down from the trees a lot more often exposing them to land predators such as native people as they see these monkeys as a delicacy and also jaguars. They also must travel long distances that are usually very risky and dangerous just so they can find food.

I really hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about these fascinating creatures, I know I did.
Check out my other articles and collections too if you want.

This is the link where I got all this information :)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/p/proboscis-monkey/