Learn more about snow monkeys on Nature, April 23rd at 7 pm

Apr 14, 2014

In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows his and her place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. One innocent little monkey, unaware of his own low status, reaches out to this lonely leader and they form a rare and remarkable bond that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies, family disagreements and tragedies. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in the rush to winter. With their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, these snow monkeys are ready to face the world.

"Snow Monkeys" on Nature airs on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm on channels 3 and 3-1.

Bubbles relaxes with her eyes closed as another monkey gently grooms her in the hot spring. The snow monkeys of Jigokudani are world famous for spending the winter soaking up the warm waters of their own private hot spring. Jigokudani, Japan.