Japanese Macaque

April 22, 2020

A baby Japanese macaque in exhibit

Life continues at the zoo with the birth of two Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys! Nara welcomed a female infant named Nikko on March 15. A few weeks later, Ono gave birth to a male infant named Ozu on April 18.

It’s no coincidence that both youngsters share a first letter with mom. Each infant in the troop is named after a Japanese city with the same first letter as mom’s name. The naming system makes it easy to track lines of descent in a species known for enduring female lineages.

Both youngsters are doing well and join the troop of 11 snow monkeys at Regenstein Macaque Forest.