Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo (Second Edition)


First impression when a person sees a Proboscis monkey, “I don’t believed that animal!”


Proboscis monkeys have been making spectacular first impressions on people for a long time. Early naturalists could not agree, though, whether the animals were amazingly wonderful or amazingly grotesque. One of the earliest reports of proboscis monkeys in the wild came from British officer Hugh Low. As long ago as 1848, he said that the proboscis monkey “is remarkable for its very long nose; it is a very fine monkey, in size approaching the orang-utan, but much less disgusting in appearance”. Another early explorer-naturalist, Odoardo Beccari, obviously had somewhat mixed feelings about the animals. On the one hand, he said that “the long-nosed ape is of singular and ridiculous aspect”, but went on “Why amongst all apes…this one should be provided with a long, prominent and fleshy nose, somewhat hooked at its extremity, it is hard to say. According to Darwinian theory, it might possibly be attributed to sexual selection. If such were the case, we might, perhaps, congratulate the monkey on its good taste”.

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  • First Impressions
  • What are Proboscis Monkeys?
  • Where are Proboscis Monkeys Found?
  • Bornean Reserves where Proboscis Monkeys are Found
  • Distribution of Proboscis Monkeys
  • The Social Life of Proboscis Monkeys
  • Big Noses
  • Large Stomachs, Their Uses and Hazards
  • Travel — Proboscis Monkeys on the Move
  • Natural Predators of Proboscis Monkeys
  • A Day in the Life of a Proboscis Monkey
  • Proboscis Monkeys in Captivity
  • Proboscis Monkeys and the Future
  • Valuable Mangroves
  • Seeing Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo
  • Acknowledgements
  • Suggested Further Reading
  • Scientific Names of Animals and Plants
  • Glossary of Terms Used
  • Index

Publication Date: 2013 (Second Edition)
Publisher: Natural History Publications (Borneo) Kota Kinabalu
Author: Elizabeth L. Bennett