Japanese macaque

Japanese macaque

Latin name: Macaca fuscata

A Cold Dweller!

  • It is the world's most northerly primate! In winter, its thicker fur allows it to brave colds as low as -20 degrees Celsius! 
  • Although it may sometimes bite into eggs, crayfish, snails and insects, it prefers fruit, berries and nuts. 
  • It is the most studied species in the world (over 50 years of data). Scientists were able to observe the transmission of a behavior that of washing pieces of seet potatoes that the researchers would throw on the beach in order to to draw them out of the forest.  
  • They live in matrilineal groups, meaning that the hierarchy is established between the females around a dominant female. The males gravitate around it and their hierarchic system is much more subject to changes. 
  • Although the populations are stable in the wild, the species could be vulnerable to deforestation, notably for road building.
  • Distribution Japan
  • Habitat Mixed forests
  • Diet Omnivore
  • Status Least concern
  • Zoo Zone Asia

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