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Proboscis Monkeys
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A male with his harem.

A distinctive trait of this monkey is the male's large protruding nose, from which it takes its name. The big nose is thought to be used in mating and is a characteristic of the males, reaching up to 7 inches in length. The females also have big noses compared to other monkey species, but not as big as the males. Besides attracting mates, the nose serves as a resonating chamber and works by amplifying their warning calls. When the animal becomes agitated its nose swells with blood, making warning calls louder and more intense.

The Proboscis monkey can be found in island of Borneo in South-east Asia but they are not even found throughout all of Borneo. Due to ongoing habitat loss and hunting in some areas, only about 7000 are known to still exist in the wild. The Proboscis Monkey is evaluated as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [Wikipedia]

Taken in the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Reserve, one of the few places in the world where you can still see a proboscis monkey in the wild.


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Image by Austin King
A female takes a leap.

A distinctive trait of this monkey is the male's large protruding nose, from which it takes its name. The big nose is thought to be used in mating and is a characteristic of the males, reaching up to 7 inches in length. The females also have big noses compared to other monkey species, but not as big as the males. Besides attracting mates, the nose serves as a resonating chamber and works by amplifying their warning calls. When the animal becomes agitated its nose swells with blood, making warning calls louder and more intense.

The Proboscis monkey can be found in island of Borneo in South-east Asia but they are not even found throughout all of Borneo. Due to ongoing habitat loss and hunting in some areas, only about 7000 are known to still exist in the wild. The Proboscis Monkey is evaluated as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [Wikipedia]

Taken in the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Reserve, one of the few places in the world where you can still see a proboscis monkey in the wild.

 
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