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Japanese Macaque
Japanese Macaque
Famous lover of hot baths in thermal springs.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: Marmosets
Genus: Macaque
Species: Japanese Macaque
General Settings
  • The habitat is Japan, Honshu Island and more southern islands. Macaques live in mountain forests, and those living on the coasts swim and can even dive in search of algae.
  • Males weigh an average of 11 kg with a height of 80-95 cm, females are lower, their weight is on average 9 kg.
  • Males weigh an average of 11 kg with a height of 80-95 cm, females are lower, their weight is on average 9 kg.
  • The diet consists of various plants (shoots, fruits, bark), along the way they collect small invertebrates, etc.
  • Life expectancy is 25-30 years.

The Japanese macaque has a strong build and strong limbs. The fur is long, and a thick undercoat grows in winter. The color of different animals has pleasant shades from brownish-gray to brown-olive; the belly is colored in lighter tones.


Social behavior


Japanese macaques live in groups of up to 20 individuals. Each group has its own habitat. The leader of the group is a large strong male, and not the most aggressive, but the most intelligent and influential. A crucial role in choosing a leader is played by the main female, or group of females, between which there are the closest social ties.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts from 170 to 180 days. Usually one cub is born. Twins are rare. A newborn weighs about 500 grams. 


Species and people


To Japanese macaques, humans owe the most in-depth knowledge of the behavior and social organization in primate communities. And their unusual behavior attracts crowds of tourists to Japan.


Interesting Facts


Japanese macaques are trainable. In winter, they can even make snowballs.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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