Tapirs are large, herbivorous mammals in Central and South America and Southeast Asia. They have prehensile snouts that are somewhat similar to trunks. These snouts are used for grasping leaves, fruits, and aquatic vegetation, making them effective browsers and swimmers.
Proboscis monkeys, native to Borneo, have distinctive large noses that resemble trunks. These noses are primarily used for vocalizations and are thought to be sexually selected traits, as males with larger noses tend to be more attractive to females.
Sawfish are a type of ray that have elongated, saw-like rostrums (narrow, flattened snouts) with teeth. While not used for grasping objects like an elephant’s trunk, these rostrums are used for hunting and stunning prey, making them a unique adaptation among aquatic animals.
Elephant shrews, also known as sengis, have long, flexible noses used for foraging. These small, insect-eating mammals are found in Africa, and their elongated noses help them probe for insects in leaf litter and crevices.
It’s important to note that these trunk-like structures in other animals are adaptations for specific functions in their respective ecosystems. They should not be confused with the highly specialized and versatile trunk of elephants, which is a unique feature among mammals.