Malay common name: Monyet Belanda
English common name: Proboscis Monkey
Scientific name: Nasalis larvatus
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons
I was born with a unique appearance, which you’ll notice right away. My very large nose, though funny-looking, is actually very useful. It helps me amplify my voice and this gives me power since the furthest my call can be heard is the boundary of my territory. An additional bonus is that the female Proboscis Monkeys love large noses on us guys. I rely on over 90 different species of plants for food and regularly dine on their leaves, shoots, fruits, seeds, and flowers. When I can find them, caterpillars and other larvae are tasty snacks as well!
I am most comfortable in coastal, riparian, and wetland regions. These areas are my favourite because there is always a water source nearby and the trees are a great source of food. I’m an excellent swimmer and I often leap from the trees to dive into the water below! Cannonball! You can come to check out my moves in any of these locations: Labuk Bay, Klias River, and Kinabatangan in Sabah as well as Bako National Park in Sarawak. If you are in Indonesia, check me out at Gunung Palung National Park, Tanjung Puting National Park, Danau Sentarum National Park, or Kutai National Park.