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Snub-nosed Youth
Photograph by Tim Laman

The dainty appendage on this young male proboscis monkey’s face will grow as he does—and eventually curl down over his mouth. Perched on a bough in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Borneo, this youth lives in a group of bachelor males. When he reaches maturity, he’ll go in search of females. The most successful adult males preside over harem groups consisting of several females and their offspring. Apparently the dominant male doesn’t want any young competitors: Male monkeys are forced out by the age of two.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS3
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS with 1.4x converter
Speed and F-Stop: Approximately 1/125 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: In this area the monkeys were quite used to people in boats. So when they were in trees near the river, I could get  fairly close in a small boat.

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