Incredible snow monkey photos
Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers got a poolside view into the lives of Japanese macaques.
Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers are husband and wife. The pair have contrasting yet complementary wildlife photography styles and concentrate on primate projects in Africa and Asia.
Jigokudani Monkey Park is in Nagano Prefecture, specifically the valley of the Yokoyu River which flows from the Shiga-ko–gen mountains of Jo–shinetsu-ko–gen National Park. Japanese macaques have lived in the area for millennia.
These are the most northern non-human primates and they endure extreme cold. To survive, the macaques have evolved unique physical and social adaptations.
The pools offer respite from the region’s freezing temperatures, but bathing is a relatively recent adaptation for these monkeys.
Find out more about Japanese macaques in the July 2014 issue.