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Endangered species in Asia: Proboscis monkey Animals that also appear in picture books

Animal

Proboscis monkeys are old world monkeys that inhabit only the island of Borneo in Indonesia and Malaysia. The biggest feature is that it has flowers like a tengu. I prefer forest areas because they live on trees. Proboscis monkeys are so rare that they are rarely seen by the general public. It is said to have a high possibility of extinction because it is a rare species and the area is limited. Currently, the proboscis monkey is an endangered species and the number of individuals has decreased sharply due to the effects of deforestation.

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Habitat

Proboscis monkeys live in mangroves, wetlands, rivers, and forests on the tropical island of Borneo. The proboscis monkey (scientific name: Nasalis larvatus) is a monkey classified in the genus Proboscis in the order Primates, family Cercopitheinae. Both males and females have large noses and similar facial features, making them naturally adapted.

Characteristic

Proboscis monkeys are very rare among monkeys and are good at swimming. She can also go underwater. She has a characteristic big nose and a big nose like a tengu. She is 50-70 cm long and weighs 10-22 kg. The coat color is maroon or reddish brown on the upper arm of the head, and cream on the limbs and ventral side. It is an animal that lives in a herd with social animals. Proboscis monkeys live in forest areas because they prefer trees. Proboscis monkeys sleep at night and are active during the day. An animal that spends most of its day on a tree.

Ecology

Proboscis monkeys’ main diet may also include leaves, fruits and flowers, and insects. The breeding form is embryo. It is said that the breeding season is throughout the year and the gestation period is about half a year. You can give birth to one at a time. A newborn child lives with his mother for a while. Wean in about half a year. Sexual maturity takes about 4 years. It is said that the lifespan is about 20 years in captivity and less than that in the wild.

Endangered species

Proboscis monkeys prefer woody forests because they live on trees. However, logging is progressing in recent years, and habitats are decreasing. Habitat fragmentation of proboscis monkeys has also occurred, and the possibility of extinction has been pointed out. It is currently designated as an endangered species by the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Hunting and capture are prohibited in the habitat as it is listed in the Washington Convention. However, the current situation is that thorough management is not possible locally due to lack of credit.

Breeding

Proboscis monkeys are protected by the Washington Convention and are quite difficult for the general public to raise. So watch it at the zoo or go to Borneo.

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