These 4 cool looking animals need no introduction—you have to see them (in pictures, that is) to believe they exist.
1. The Proboscis Monkey
Also called the Long-Nosed monkey or Narsalis larvatus, this tree loving monkey’s most distinguishing trait is its disproportional large, hanging nose. Only males of this species have this super large nose, a trait that females in heat look for in their potential partner. Male Proboscis Monkeys can weigh as much 53 pounds and measure up to 28 inches, while females weigh an average of 26 pounds and measure up to 23 inches.
2. The Aye-Aye
The Daubentonia madagascariensis, commonly known as the Aye-Aye is a Madasgacar lemur native. It looks like a cross between a bewildered bat and rodent rolled into one, with its disproportional big ears, yellow eyes, sparse fur, teeth similar to rodents, and an elongated middle finger. These cool looking animals find food by tapping on trees, gnawing holes on them, and inserting their long middle finger to get the food out. Currently, this specific Daubentonia specie is the only existing member of the Daubentoniiade family since all other genus members are now extinct.
3. The Giant Salamander
Giant Salamanders belong to the Cryptobranchidae salamander family. The Hell bender species is found in Eastern U.S., while other species can be found living in Japan and China. These cool looking animals vary in color, from darker flesh to browns and have huge folds of slippery skin along the sides which aid in increasing their surface area used for efficient absorption of oxygen they can source while on water. Considered the biggest extant amphibians living today, giant salamanders have five toes on their hind limbs and four on their forelimbs. Chinese species of giant salamanders can grow up to 6 feet, while Japanese species can grow up to 5 feet.
4. The Emperor Tamarin
The Emperor Tamarin, also called the Brockway Monkey or Saguinis imperator is a tamarin species named after Wilhelm II, a German emperor, whom the monkey resembles. These monkeys can be found in the Amazons and Acre in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. These cool looking animals mainly have gray fur with yellow markings on the chest area, brown tails, and black feet and hands. However, what makes this monkey’s look distinct is its white, long mustache that extends both ways down its shoulders. It can grow up to 10 inches long (14 inches with the tail) and can weigh around 11 to 14 ounces.