Benefits of Large-Nosed Animals

Elephants are intelligent animals with a 7-foot-long nose (trunk). Their 400-pound trunk is needed for more than just breathing. They can drink and grab with it.


Primate noses are largest in long-nosed proboscis monkeys. 6.5-inch snout helps male find female mates and scare off competitors.

Proboscis Monkeys

Tapirs longer noses evolved a few million years ago. It's helped the animal eat plants. They can use their trunks as snorkels to conceal in the water from predators.


Domestic pigs have huge noses, even though we're so used to seeing them. Pigs have a remarkable sense of smell, like other animals with huge nostrils.

Domestic pigs

Mandrills have the biggest, most prominent noses of any monkey. Their nose isn't only huge. A mandrill's large and colourful nose impresses female partners.


Endangered black rhinoceroses have huge nostrils with large horns. Their horns help them fend off predators and combat enemies.


South American coatis feed foliage and small creatures, and their nose helps them survive. They utilise their nose to find food as foragers.


Elephant seals chase off rival males using their noses during mating. Elephant seals have huge nostrils. Elephant seals' large nostrils help them preserve water during mating season.

Elephant seals

Few predators target longnose gars. Large noses repel predators. Their nose has sharp teeth. This combination of fangs and snout lets them capture prey easily.

Longnose Gar

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