Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park zoos monkeys Japan animals

One of my favorite recent additions to the 200 or so photographers I keep up with on Flickr is the work of Kyoto-based Kiyoshi Ookawa who has been capturing these wonderfully intimate portraits of snow monkeys. The monkeys live in a sanctuary at the Jigokudani Monkey Park which is at an elevation of 850 meters (2,788 feet) meaning that the ground is covered in snow for a third of the year. The monkeys congregate at a hot springs in the facility and if you’re lucky you might even catch them on their live webcam (no monkeys at press time).

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