June 02, 2016
Lennette is thrilled to be collaborating with Lena Tabori of Welcome Enterprises producing a book of Primate Portraits.
Snow Macaque (Macaca fuscata) Old World monkey native to Japan, also known as Japanese Macaque. They are the most northern living primate other than humans and live in the snow for months each year with temperatures reaching -4 degrees F, some live in subtropical climates of southern Japan. Males weigh 25 pounds, females 19 pounds, body height is 22 and 20 inches respectively. Snow Macaques are semi-terrestrial, females seem to prefer trees while the males frequent the ground, they are both very accomplished swimmers. Japanese Macaques are diurnal omnivores with a diet of plants, fruits, nuts, insects and fungi; they have been observed washing their food and even seasoning it with salty sea water. They live in matrilineal societies, troops contain a mix of sexes, a troop includes several matrilines and females stay in their mothers group for life, while males move out before they are sexually mature. Their conservation status is listed as a Least Concern species.
Fossil evidence suggests that primates first walked the earth 55 million years ago. A diverse taxonomic order they range in size from the mouse lemur weighing 1 ounce to the gorilla weighing 440 pounds. Common traits primate species share are large brains relative to their body mass, forward facing eyes on the front of the skull that enable binocular vision facilitating long distance perception and opposable thumbs making tool use possible. As a group the primates have been extremely successful, humans the most successful of all. Yet, at this point in time fully one third of primate species are listed as critically endangered; habitat degradation and destruction orchestrated by humans being the principal cause.