Singapore Zoo has one of the largest collections of proboscis monkeys among the zoos in the world.
With just a glass panel separating you from these unique primates, you will be able to clearly observe these big-nosed monkeys, munching on leaves, jumping from tree to tree, or just lounging on a tree branch.
Among the most aquatic of all primates, proboscis monkeys in the wild never live too far from water. They can swim underwater for up 20 metres. So, on hot days, you might spot them diving from the tree branch into the exhibit’s water pool.The male monkeys are the poster boys of these species, thanks to their signature big noses, so big that they often have to push them aside to eat!
The bigger the better
The large pendulous nose of the male proboscis monkey helps resonate their calls. But spot the monkey with the biggest nose and you would have most likely also found the dominant male, as clan leadership is decided based on the size of their sniffers.
Honey, what did I do wrong?
He with the biggest nose is also the most attractive to the ladies. As much as it is a sex appeal asset for them, the male proboscis monkeys on occasion have had their noses grabbed and shaken by the females as if in reprimand. Looks like it’s not always the males who are in charge!
Don’t miss the opportunity to spend tea time in the company of these big personalities at the SPH Foundation Conservation Centre at 4.15pm daily. Come earlier in the day, and you can also see them enjoying a snack at 11.30am every day at their exhibit at the Rainforest Walk!