Meet Our Animals > Japanese Macaque
Quick Facts
Native to Japan
Primary Diet Fruit, seeds, leaves, bark, bird eggs, snails, insects
Adult Weight Males: 25 pounds; Females: 18 pounds
Lifespan 30 years
Status Stable

Japanese Macaque

Also called snow monkeys, their fur is a unique adaptation to cold, as fur thickness increases as habitat temperature decreases. This allows the monkey to cope with winter temperatures as low as -4° F. It’s the only animal — other than humans and raccoons — that’s known to wash its food before eating it.


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Northwestern Mutual Family Farm

For faster entry: Members and pre-ticketed guests, park at West End (enter at 106th St).