Japan Snow monkey
• Snow Monkey Japan
These primates is impossible not to admire. We offer to evaluate new wonderful photo series snow monkeys Japanese photographer Ookava Kiyoshi (Kiyoshi Ookawa), and at the same time to learn about this amazing video in more detail.
Park Jigokudani Yaen-koen or Hell Valley Wild Monkey Park was opened in 1964 to attract tourists from all over the world, eager to see the famous snow monkey (Japanese Macaque).
The Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) - the only species of monkeys that live in the mountains of Nagano on Yakushima Island. Snow can lie there for up to four months of the year and the mean winter temperature is -5 ° C.
It is one of the most frost primates that are able to survive at a temperature below -15 ° C. The bodies are covered with brown-gray fur on the face and hands and offline wool visible red skin. Although macaques spend almost all the time in the mountains, they like to take a bath in the hot springs. Sometimes in the park, you can see up to 200 monkeys who take hot baths.
According to local legend, the first to take a warm bath has become one of the females, who climbed into the water to get spilled the beans. And only after it learned that the rest of the monkeys.
The Japanese macaques are not that great. Growth males on average about 80-95 cm, weight - 12-14 kg. Females are shorter, and the female body weight of about 1, 5 times less. The tail of the Japanese macaques short, no longer than 10 centimeters. One of the distinctive features of the exterior of the Japanese macaque - red skin. Dense fur is dark gray with a brown shade covers the entire body of the animal, with the exception of the muzzle, arms and buttocks.
The monkeys living outside the park, during a particularly cold immersed in water up to his neck, where they sit most of the time. When it gets warmer, go look for food. If wet monkey comes out of the water, then in the frost coat is covered with ice, and it gets even colder. For such cases, the monkeys provided rota system. Several animals with dry hair food trays, while others sit in the water.
They feed macaques mainly plant foods - leaves, fruits, roots, but sometimes even small animals, insects and bird eggs.
Dwell Japanese macaque flocks from 10 to 100 different sexes of animals, usually 20-25. During rest, if there is no place for swimming, huddling together and bask in each other.
In flight observed a strict hierarchy. The leader of the pack in the main, but the order among brothers usually supports his assistant - assistant. If the leader dies or is for some reason out of the pack, his place is taken by the deputy.
macaques live on average 25-30 years in captivity usually longer.
The Japanese Macaques have long been accustomed to the close proximity to man. Despite this, the park administration warns visitors that should not even try to touch the animals or look them straight in the eye, as in the monkey world, it is considered a sign of hostility.