Many photographers are drawn to the carnality of the snow monkey’s mating behaviors during Snow Monkey Photo Tours, and once the snow starts to fall, large troops congregate near the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen to enjoy the soothing baths there, so visiting photographers can see the primate coupling ceremonies up close and personal.
The Japanese Macaques also display much more tender behaviors. Mothers in the pack are in charge of protecting the future of the troop by fostering and nurturing infant monkeys to ensure that healthy alpha males can emerge and lead the tribe.
At times, expecting mother snow monkeys soak for an extended amount of time, just like their human counterparts. The prolonged submersion reduces stress and aids the mothers in bearing a healthy, happy infant. My trained eye and our pro staff at Blain Harasymiw photography tours and workshops will point out these behaviors as well as those female snow monkeys searching for their mate.
Our most veteran Photography Tour Leader has seen many seasons with the snow monkeys and has witnessed the kind yet firm hand of mother primates as they shepherd their infants and protect them as they take their first dips into Jigokudani Yaen-Koen's inviting hot springs. At times the mother’s will refuse the advances of even the alpha males to shelter their infants and teach them the customs needed so visiting photographers can keep benefiting from Snow Monkey Photo Tours in Nagano. On your Snow Monkey, photography adventure we will help you take photos of each stage of primate development.
Snow monkeys of all sizes from infant, mother, and alpha male all await your visit with us in Japan.