Monkey madness! Celebrate the Chinese New Year with these amazing primate records

People all over the world are currently celebrating the Chinese New Year, and according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar 2016 is the Year of the Monkey!

It is believed that people born in the Year of the Monkey are defined by two characteristics: Competition and challenge - traits that would be very useful in any hopeful record-breakers in 2016.

From the longest nose on a monkey to the noisiest land animal, these fascinating creatures have earned some weird Guinness World Records titles!


1. Longest primate nose

Proboscis monkey 

Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), live on the island of Borneo and have floppy noses reaching up to 17.5 cm (6.8 in) long.
The proboscis monkey’s nose, which is often large enough to hang over the mouth, becomes red and swollen when the monkey is in danger or excited.

2. Most northerly primate

Japanese macaque

Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) live in mountains of Honshu, Japan.
Also known as snow monkeys, they survive the -15°C (5°F) winters by warming up in the hot volcanic springwater.

3. Noisiest land animal

Howler monkey

The world's noisiest land animals are the howler monkeys (Alouatta) of Central and South America.
Their fearsome screams have been described as a cross between the bark of a dog and the bray of an ass increased a thousandfold. Once in full voice they can be heard clearly up to 4.8 km (3 miles) away!

4. Fastest monkey

Patas monkey
The patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) is a large species of orange and grey monkey that lives in areas in West and East Africa. 
Living in open desert land, overtime it has learned to be a swift runner.
It can run at 55 km/h, making it the world's fastest monkey - it would even break the driving speed limit on many roads!