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Snow Monkeys of Japan

The Shiga Heights Mountains of Japan are famous for skiing (site of 1996 winter Olympics). But, in these mountains is found the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park. There, Japanese Macaques, also known as Snow Monkeys, don't ski or snowboard as yet. But, since the 1950's have taken up one of life's most civilized pleasures: Hot Tubbing. A series of geothermal hot springs help keep the Snow Monkeys warm through the cold winters. These Japanese macaques are the world's northernmost non-human primates.

Within the monkey park, Japanese Snow Monkeys are found lounging around thermal hot springs, prancing around in the snow looking for food and gleefully playing with one another. These mountains are also home the elusive Japanese Serow (goat-antelope).

http://www.nwf.org/internationalwildlife/snowmonk.html
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