Japanese Macaque

The Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey is the most northern living primate on earth. It is found on all the major islands of Japan except Hokkaido. They live in matrilineal groups. Females stay together for their entire lives but males move from one group to another. They are very intelligent and have been shown to learn new habits from one another.

They exhibit sexual dimorphism with males averaging 11.3 kg (29 lbs) in weight and females 8.4 kg (19 lbs). They are easily recognized by their red face and lack of a long tail.

Japanese Macaques are omnivorous and eat a variety of different foods across their range. These include 213 different plants, as was found by a study in 1975, as well as fruits and nuts and invertebrates.

Japanese Macaque @ Safari Niagara

  • We have one female Japanese macaque living at Safari Niagara
  • Her name is Wasabi

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Cercopithecidae
Genus: Macaca
Species: M. fuscata

Did you know?

  • They form short lived pair bonds of about 16 days when mating.
  • The total population is estimated at abut 115 000 animals.