Posted June 2019
The Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a Japanese macaque. The male was born May 8 to 8-year-old mom, Negai, and 4-year-old dad, Kota. The public can now see the baby in the Macaque Island habitat. Japanese macaques are also known as snow monkeys, a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan.
This is father Kota’s first surviving offspring and mother Negai’s second; Kaishi was born to Negai at the Minnesota Zoo in 2016. Negai is a very attentive mother and the baby macaque is healthy and developing as expected. Zookeepers have named him Daisuki, which means “I love you” in Japanese. He will be called Suki for short.
Zookeepers describe Suki as “curious, adventurous, and very adorable.” Even though he is still dependent on his mother and she still frequently carries him around the habitat, he is starting to wander away from her. Negai keeps a close eye on Suki and allows him to explore as long as he is within arm’s length of her.
The macaques spend most of their time outdoors in the summer, so visitors should have many opportunities to see the growing baby macaque. If they are not seen in their outdoor habitat, the macaques could be eating or taking a quick rest indoors.
No other non-human primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate than the Japanese macaque. Populations of macaques are stable in the wild, and an estimated 100,000 macaques currently live throughout Japan.