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Nihonzaru

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Nihonzaru or Japanese macaque in a hot springs
Nihonzaru or Japanese macaque in a hot springs

The Japanese macaque is a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan. They are also sometimes known as the snow monkey because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year — no other non-human primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate. Individuals have brown-grey fur, red faces, and short tails.

In Japan, the species is known as Nihonzaru (Nihon (ニホン) "Japan" + saru (ザル) "monkey") to distinguish it from other primates, but the Japanese macaque is very familiar in Japan, so when Japanese people simply say saru, they usually have in mind the Japanese macaque.

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