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PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN FEBRUARY
  • 2018.02.16

    PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN FEBRUARY

    The beginning of February was still very cold and saw quite a few monkeys taking a bath or rummaging around for barley. The monkeys in the two photo’s below were exactly doing that; digging in the snow to find their staple food.

    Snow Monkey in snow Snow Monkey in snow 2

    This monkey below tried to find some of the coveted grain on the big rock next to the river.

    Snow Monkeys on rock

    The cold in the beginning of the month made it not attractive for the monkeys to walk around. They spent most of their time huddled together, in the bath or outside of it.

    Snow Monkeys in February 2 Snow Monkeys in February

    From the middle of the month though, it got quite a lot warmer. The monkeys feel the temperature rising and are more active now. Especially the younger ones are running around, sitting on the railings watching people go by, and enjoying the slightly warmer days.

    Snow Monkey in snow 4 Snow Monkey in snow 3

    It is now quite warm, with the snow close to the river mostly melted. The older ones like sitting on the rocks that are warmed by the sun, or on the hot water pipes that run along the river. It’s hard to see, but try and spot the many monkeys chilling on the pipes below!

    Monkeys Chilling

    If you’d like to come see the monkeys on a guided tour, please take a look at the list of tours available!

     

    You can also come to the Park by yourself, see here for more access information!