You can see monkeys up close in the park though; binoculars are also useful, it show you monkeys in more detail.
Physical characteristics 1
All animals have own physical characteristics for adaptation of circumstances and predation. What are the differences among monkeys, dogs and cats?
The Japanese Macaque has two facing forward eyes which can see things stereoscopically. So they can recognize the distance correctly when they make a jump from tree to tree. Dogs’ eyes are on slightly lateral in their face, which can see a wide range and good for hunting.
How about ears, nose and mouth? Let’s observe.
Face of monkey
Face of dog
Physical characteristics 2
Japanese Macaque has natty and discriminative hands, which can grip an object and pinch small things. It is very useful for getting food in the mountain. Cats can quietly creep up on their prey, their hands and feet do not make any sounds. And they never release what they have caught with very sharp nails.
Let’s observe monkeys’, -figure of hands and feet, how to use it? -how is overall shape of body? -length of tails, how to use it?
The hands of the monkey
The hands of the dog
Observation of behavior
Japanese Macaque and human are in the group of ape, so we have very similar behaviors. That means we can imagine the meaning of monkeys’ behaviors easier than other animals’.
If you want to know about the society and behaviors of monkeys deeper, you should understand relationships among monkeys first. Is their relationship parent and child, siblings or another? Look carefully when you find monkeys cuddling each other.
Each monkey has different face, same as human. You come to be able to recognize each face once you are familiar to it. It is in the same manner as we memorize our friends’ face. To memorize monkeys’ face and to recognize every single monkey, it is called individual recognition. Let’s try to recognize their face, it makes your monkey observation more fun.