proboscis monkey facts

proboscis monkey facts

 proboscis monkey facts

proboscis monkey facts
proboscis monkey facts

 Here’s one of those real weird animals we’re grateful not to look like! The male Proboscis Monkey has a huge nose which – get this – females dig and end up choosing the males with the bigger ones to have sexual intercourse with. This fleshy nose hangs down the mouth of the monkey, is shaped like a bell and is reddish in color – all of which contribute to give it a little bit of a drunkard look.


The females also have big noses but not anything like the males. On top on being used for sexual attraction the big nose of the male functions as a reverberating chamber that enables him to amplify the sounds he makes. He is thus able to put out loud and wild warning shrieks or seduce the females with powerful sounds.


Not the mother of all pot-bellies – but still…

As if its oversize nose wasn’t enough of a distinctive feature to make him one of the most weird looking animals around, the Proboscis Monkey also sports a fairly large pot belly accounting for over ¼ of its weight which can go up to about 53 pounds. Yet, they only eat leaves, seeds and fruits. Their tails are long and white and distinctive-looking as well. These monkeys have a preference to dwell in trees for most of the day although they are also excellent swimmers and do spend a lot of time in water.


It’s an old-fashioned creature that lives in harems

These monkeys typically live in harem-style situations where there is several females for one male. Males that have no females will be solitary or band in bachelor herds until they get their own harem. These harem groups tend to be small and no more than 5 to 10 monkeys usually stick together except when groups meet and as many as 30 to 60 monkeys can be seen interacting with each other. Females often act as leaders of these groups and coordinate feedings. There is sometimes exchanges between males and females moving from one group to another.

proboscis monkey facts
proboscis monkey facts


You can find them in Asia

These strange animals are mainly found on the island of Borneo in South-Asia. They are also present in Malaysia and related primates are present in Japan, China and elsewhere in south-east Asia. They live in mangroves, forests and swamps.


Man is destroying it monkeys

Unfortunately, there are only about 1000 to 3000 such monkeys known to remain alive in the wild as the continual loss of their natural habitat and continued hunting has dramatically reduced their numbers in the past century. The loss of habitat is mainly due to plantations and housing which have necessitated a clearing of the land. Borneo and Malaysia have now made these weird animals a protected species by law.


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