Happy Lunar New Year! We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey by highlighting some amazing Asian monkey species.
This striking fellow is an adult male proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus), also called the long-nosed monkey or bekantan in Indonesian. Male proboscis monkeys use their fleshy, pendulous noses to reverberate loud bellowing noises that attract mates or warn others of predators. Infant proboscis monkeys are born with bright blue faces and black fur!
Proboscis monkeys eat mostly leaves, seeds, and unripe fruits, and sometimes insects. They are only found on the island of Borneo and are endangered with extinction because of deforestation and hunting.
Learn more about Asian primates at our February 21 event, Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey.