snow monkeys grooming


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  • Location: Detroit Zoo, Michigan, USA
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  • Info: Live streaming webcam featuring Japanese Macaques ( snow monkeys) at the Detroit Zoo in Michigan.

  • More Info: The Japanese macaque habitat is home to six females and three males. This family group is headed by matriarchs who are three sisters called Carmen, Laura and Griffin. The other females consist of two lower ranking members and the youngest Hana who was born in 2019. The three males are Denny, Mirai and Haru. The lower ranking family members will spend time grooming their elders which helps maintain the hierarchy. They all enjoy relaxing in the steam from their hot tub and in the wild Japanese macaques are seen sitting in naturally occurring hot springs to avoid extreme winter conditions.

    Japanese Macaques also known as snow monkeys, live in Japan’s forests, highlands, and mountains. They are the only primates to live so far north besides humans. Snow monkeys are omnivores with a diet consisting of bark, twigs, fruit, insects, eggs and small mammals. They live in troops of around 20 to 30 individuals, led by an alpha male. They are excellent swimmers and are known to be one of the cleverest species of monkey.