Chilling Out

If you think monkeys can’t stand the cold, then you need to see the Calgary Zoo’s Japanese macaques for yourself. Also known as snow monkeys, macaques have thick fur that keeps getting thicker as the weather gets colder. When temperatures drop to -20 C, their dense fur and pinkish-red faces make it look like they’re bundled up in snowsuits. Regardless of the weather, their habitat buzzes with activity as these playful monkeys swing, play, eat and chase each other. 

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

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A population of Japanese macaques on the island of Honshu found another way to beat the cold. When temperatures dip, they go for a dip too – in the local volcanic hot springs.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Macaca fuscata


8.4 - 11.3 kg (18.5 - 25 lb.)


52 - 57 cm (20 - 22 in.)

Conservation Status

Least Concern


Mixed forests in subalpine and subtropical lowlands


In spring, macaques eat flowers and nectar, switching to fruit and seeds for the summer and fibrous, mature leaves in the winter

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