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It's 1964 in Yamanouchi, Japan. At the Korakukan Onsen, a leisurely resort for humans with an outdoor natural hot spring, native Japanese macaques are determined to share the benefits of the warm water - a welcome escape from the formidably cold winter. But they're snatching guests' personal belongings, stealing food and frightening tourists. Only one solution will make everyone happy - build the “snow monkeys”, as they're affectionately called, their own spa, further up the mountain. Complete with waterfalls, a soaking pool and daily offerings of barley and soybeans, the monkeys soon settled in, and today the Jigokudani Monkey Park is a paradise for more than 200 macaques that call this place home.

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Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) baby enjoying a relaxing moment in the hot spring in Jigokudani, Japan. January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) baby enjoying a relaxing moment in the hot spring in Jigokudani, Japan. January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult sitting in snow with paws stacked, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult sitting in snow with paws stacked, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female holding baby close in snow, Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female holding baby close in snow, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) with icy strands of fur on its head, Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane McAllister,Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister,Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) with icy strands of fur on its head, Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) lifting leg while sitting at side of thermal pool, Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) lifting leg while sitting at side of thermal pool, Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult in the hot springs of Jigokudani, in the snow, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult in the hot springs of Jigokudani, in the snow, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult with wet snowy head in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult with wet snowy head in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile swimming in hot spring, Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile swimming in hot spring, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juveniles squabbling underwater in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juveniles squabbling underwater in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) leaping across the rapids onto boulders in Hell Valley, Jigokudani Japan, February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) leaping across the rapids onto boulders in Hell Valley, Jigokudani Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) gazing off into the distance in Jigokudani, Japan.  February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) gazing off into the distance in Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) following the established trail in the snow to get to the hot springs in Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) following the established trail in the snow to get to the hot springs in Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata)  Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) perched on the open warm section of a rocky hillside, takes in the last rays of the late afternoon sun in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) perched on the open warm section of a rocky hillside, takes in the last rays of the late afternoon sun in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) in snow, Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) in snow, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) biting needles from tree branch while sitting in hot spring in Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) biting needles from tree branch while sitting in hot spring in Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male watching another male at the monkey park in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male watching another male at the monkey park in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male yawning, Jigokudani Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male yawning, Jigokudani Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female watches as other monkeys squabble and scream, Jigukodani Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female watches as other monkeys squabble and scream, Jigukodani Japan, January
Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) lined up in hotsprings, Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) lined up in hotsprings, Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) grinning aggressively, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) grinning aggressively, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) aggressive adult male approaches another monkey in Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) aggressive adult male approaches another monkey in Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male and female huddle together during a light snowfall in Jigokudani Japan, January - Diane McAllister,Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister,Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male and female huddle together during a light snowfall in Jigokudani Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male holding onto his female mate defensively, Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male holding onto his female mate defensively, Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair falling asleep together, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair falling asleep together, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile riding on its mother's back, along snow trail in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile riding on its mother's back, along snow trail in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) suckling and looking up at its mother, Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) suckling and looking up at its mother, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile portrait, Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile portrait, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile appears to be doing tricks to get some attention in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane McAllister,Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister,Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile appears to be doing tricks to get some attention in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) mothers grooming their babies in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan, February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) mothers grooming their babies in the hot springs of Jigokudani, Japan, February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile pulling on ear of another juvenile in hotspring, Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile pulling on ear of another juvenile in hotspring, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult face portrait in hot springs, Jigokudani,  Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult face portrait in hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) positioned on the edge of the hot springs with head on rock, paw under chin, staring, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) positioned on the edge of the hot springs with head on rock, paw under chin, staring, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) stays alert and on guard while eating, Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) stays alert and on guard while eating, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) baby with fur puffed out to keep itself warm, Jigokudani, Japan.  February - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) baby with fur puffed out to keep itself warm, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) drinking from hotsprings, Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) drinking from hotsprings, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming another  in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming another in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming another in hot spring,  Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) grooming another in hot spring, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult female grooming another in hotspring, Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) adult female grooming another in hotspring, Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair rest together on a rock near the river in Jigokudani, Japan. - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) pair rest together on a rock near the river in Jigokudani, Japan.
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female standing on hind legs in snow, Jigokudani, Japan. February - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) female standing on hind legs in snow, Jigokudani, Japan. February
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile standing up with feet pointed inward, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister,Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister,Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile standing up with feet pointed inward, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) sitting deep in the newly fallen snow in Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) sitting deep in the newly fallen snow in Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male and female are huddled together as the snow falls in Jigokudani Japan. - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) male and female are huddled together as the snow falls in Jigokudani Japan.
Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) in thermal pool, falling asleep,  Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) in thermal pool, falling asleep, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile with puffed up fur in the snow, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile with puffed up fur in the snow, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) foraging for food in deep snow, front paws covered in snow, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) foraging for food in deep snow, front paws covered in snow, Jigokudani, Japan, January
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