Name: Proboscis Monkey
Species: Nasalis larvatus
Number of Species: 2
in fur, two eyes, long arms and legs, long tail, tail, very large fleshy
nose, webbed hands and feet.
One of the more bizarre members of the primate family, the proboscis monkey is most famous for it's large orange nose. Endemic to the island of Borneo, the proboscis monkey is at home in trees near water. They live in mangrove forests, costal forests, trees near rivers or swamp areas. This is a highly arboreal species, though they are also known to swim in the rivers near their trees (their preferred dive is the belly flop!) Proboscis monkeys have specialized webbed hands and feet that allow them to out swim crocodiles. These monkeys live in groups that consist of one male and two-to-ten females and their babies.
Proboscis monkeys are endangered, mainly due to widespread deforestation on the island of Borneo. Their habitat is often cleared away for timber, settlements and palm oil plantations. These developments push them further and further into fragmented habitat and force them to travel on the ground more often for food. Traveling on the ground makes them vulnerable to clouded leopards and other predators. In the past, proboscis monkeys were considered a delicacy, though fortunately it is now illegal to hunt them. It is believed that their numbers have dropped 80% over the last thirty years, putting their cur-rent numbers at about 7,000. Though their numbers are declining, they are a major draw of tourism, which may help to protect them. The plight of the proboscis monkey is an ex-cellent reason to invest in materials that are not sourced from tropical rainforests. PLEASE only buy palm oil or paper products that come from ethical sources. You can help curb deforestation just by changing what you buy!
To help the proboscis monkey and all the other creatures of the Borneo Rainforest, check-out these awesome websites!
Heart of Borneo Rainforest
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