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Japanese macaques or snow monkeys get their name because they live in the more snowy areas of Japan. Snow monkeys are the most northerly-living primates, other than humans, and they are known to congregate around thermal springs (onsen) in winter. They also enjoy rolling snowballs for fun.

Japanese Macaques Or Snow Monkeys Get Their Name Because They Live In The More Snowy Areas Of Japan. Snow Monkeys Are The Most Northerly-Living Primates, Other Than Humans, And They Are Known To Congregate Around Thermal Springs (Onsen) In Winter. They Also Enjoy Rolling Snowballs For Fun. -

Japanese macaques or snow monkeys get their name because they live in the more snowy areas of Japan. Snow monkeys are the most northerly-living primates, other than humans, and they are known to congregate around thermal springs (onsen) in winter. They also enjoy rolling snowballs for fun.

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  1. Makes one wonder when its ancestral primate species first arrive into the geographical land of modern day Japan. Was there a land bridge of some sort with modern day Korea once upon a time? Or a land bridge stretching from China to Taiwan through the Okinawan islands to reach the mainland? ?

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  3. They actually don’t go into the hot springs naturally. It only happens in one park where humans taught them to do that with food in the 60s and their descendants continued to do it. Humans need to clean the water of this onsen or else it becomes filled with excrement. There is a lot of controversy around the park. I went myself and I think they are being treated as well as any other refuge. It’s definitely not what nature intended but they try to keep it as natural as possible.

  4. To clarify from the title of this post, the macaques don’t only live in the snowy areas of Japan, and can be found in all sorts of climates, all the way down to Kyoto and Tokyo.

    When I went a couple years back, I did a bunch of research into Jigokudani (the park OP’s picture is from, and the main place you can see the monkeys in hot springs), and found some criticism of the way they treat the monkeys. So I opted to see them at Iwatayama in Kyoto, which purportedly treats them very well. They’re the same species of monkey there, though no hotsprings are to be found.

    The park is fantastic, with monkeys everywhere and a really nice walk up to a wonderful vista point. The monkeys in the park are wild, untrained animals and should never be approached, but the park does have a building that is effectively a human cage you can enter to buy food and give to the monkeys from within your cage. It was super fun, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto!

  5. And there’s a hierarchy of who gets to go into these thermal springs. Watched it on a NatGeo show. Can’t just let anybody in your hot tub!!

    Edit: I’m just pretty sure it was NatGeo, it’s been a long time since I saw it but it doesn’t make it any less true just bc I can’t provide a link. I am sorry tho that I can’t.

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