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Proboscis monkey


Proboscis monkey

The proboscis monkey lives only in the swampy lowland rainforests of coastal areas of Borneo and the Mentawai Islands. These large monkeys are best known for the male's large protruding nose. Proboscis monkeys are social animals, living in groups of 10 to 32 individuals,

The local name for the proboscis monkeys is 'orang belanda', meaning 'Dutchman'. Indonesians say the with their big noses and red faces, they resemble the Dutch who used to have colonial control over Indonesia.

The proboscis monkey is highly endangered -- less than 7000 are thought to exist in the wild




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