Cute Pic Alert

Posted by to The Blog on May 10th

The resident Japanese macaque (snow monkey) troop at the Highland Wildlife Park recently welcomed new arrivals when a trio of babies were born.

The three latest additions belong to mums Mang, Djangal and Angara. Still only 3 weeks old, the babies are staying close to their mums and it will be a while yet before they venture further on their own. (All three infants were born between the 21st and the 25th of April 2012)

There are now 21 Japanese macaques living at the Highland Wildlife Park.

Angara is the dominant female of the group, and also a first time mum, making her new arrival a very important addition to their social group.  It will be a while yet before keepers are able to tell what sex the babies are, so they won’t be named until then, but keepers are already noticing their different characters starting to come through, with one in particular being a little more boisterous than the others!

Japanese macaques are found throughout Japan, living in large troupes in woodland and sub-tropical forests.  Instantly recognisable due to their bright red faces and white fur, these primates are fully adapted to seasonal climate changes as temperatures in Japan can plummet to as low as -15°C in the winter, making their Scottish Highland home ideal.

Picture Jon Paul-Orsi


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