The Proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey, owns an unusually large nose, a reddish-brown skin colour and a long tail. The animal is found in the southeast Asian island of Borneo, mostly in mangrove forests and on the coastal areas of the island. The purpose of this elongated nose is to attract suitable mates and to amplify warning calls.
The specie feeds on unripe fruit because the sugars in ripe fruit ferment in its digestive system cause bloating so bad that it can be fatal. Studies have shown that the Proboscis Monkey may contribute significantly to seed dispersal for the various fruits that form part of its diet. Therefore its survival is intrinsically linked to the forests he lives in.
Unfortunately, these monkeys are under threat due to deforestation and also poaching because they are considered a delicacy by some, so they’re now listed as an endangered species.
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