This wonderful park monkeys Dzigokudani (in the lane. «Hell Valley») is located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. The place is really a bit like hell: Steam and boiling water bubbling out of small cracks in the frozen ground, surrounded by steep cliffs and cold, hostile forests …
It is here, in a small area lives a colony of Japanese macaques, which are most of the time in the many hot springs. Welcome to the Monkey Park Dzigokudani!
Photos Edward Voynich
This park monkeys are well known, but the heavy snowfall during the 4 months of the year, the height of 850 meters above sea level and only a narrow path that goes through the forest, making it inaccessible.
In Dzigokudani park lives a colony of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), better known as snow monkeys.
Japanese macaques — the world’s northernmost species of monkeys . They live in large groups of 10 to 100 individuals.
Average winter temperatures at these locations is -5 ° C, and monkeys is carried out in the cold thermal sources.
Experience the cold helps monkeys and thick dark-gray fur with a brownish tinge.
These monkeys are very small: the males growing to 80-100 cm and weighs 12-15 kg. Females 1.5 times less.
Another distinctive feature of the snow monkeys is their red skin:
Since 1963, it has been observed as the monkeys come down from the steep cliffs and forests, to sit and bask in the hot springs «Hell’s Valley», and in the evening they return back to the mountains and forests. So there was this park monkeys.
It’s a real monkey resort!