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NATURE Honored with 4 Emmy Awards

Snow Monkeys

NATURE Honored with 4 Emmy Awards

In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader.

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Snow Monkeys

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In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader.

 Full Episode

Snow Monkeys

Full Episode

Follow a troop of snow monkeys in Japan to see how they prepare to face the world.

  Monkey Babies Start to Explore

Snow Monkeys

Monkey Babies Start to Explore

As winter months fade away, the forest becomes a nursery for this troop of snow monkeys: The newborns are full of energy and curiosity, and are blissfully unaware of dangers or troop politics.

  Snow Monkeys Grooming

Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys Grooming

The troop that grooms together, stays together: Get to know the social ins and outs of individuals within a 160-member snow monkey troop led by Kuro-san, a young male still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch.

  Japanese Snow Monkeys Soak in Hot Springs

Snow Monkeys

Japanese Snow Monkeys Soak in Hot Springs

Japan's Jigokudani became a sensation when hot springs were constructed for the Hell Valley snow monkey troops. The monkeys get important help from the hot springs in the valley, fed by warm volcanic waters, but their survival is a communal effort in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place.