Growing Up Snow Monkey

This page was inspired by the show on the Animal Planet called Growing Up.

Photos taken by guide Linda Hanhilammi Septmeber 2009

Oz
This is Oz at 3 months.

Lifestyle
Snow monkeys live in large troops that can contain more than 500 animals. Average group size, however, falls between 40 and 200 individuals. Females usually run the show, and remain with the same group for life. Young males eventually outgrow their mothersí troops and join up with different ones. Forest dwellers, snow monkeys spend time both on the ground and in the trees. Their home ranges are small, usually less than two square miles. When not foraging, feeding, or resting, they spend lots of time grooming one another. Snow monkeys are quick learners, and individuals have been known to invent new behavior patterns, like washing dirt off sweet potatoes.
Food
Omnivores, snow monkeys eat mostly bark, twigs, leaves, and fruit, but also insects, eggs, and small vertebrates. They are also known to eat some agricultural crops, such as potatoes, peas, and melons, which causes conflict with farmers.
Life Cycle
Female snow monkeys normally have one baby, which weighs around a pound at birth and nurses for one year. Sometimes a motherís troop-mates will help care for her young. Babies reach maturity by 4 years old. They can live up to 30 years in zoos.

Oz
Grandma, Mom,and OZ.

Oz
Growing up handsome.

Oz


Photos taken by guide Linda Hanhilammi July 2009

Oz
This is Oz.

Oz
Oz waking up his mother.

Oz Oz with his grandmother looking on.

Oz Oz

Oz Oz showing he is brave.



Now we know it is a boy. Photos taken by guide Linda Hanhilammi June 2009

New Born New Born

This baby was born on Monday May 18th... At the moment don't know if it is a boy or a girl. Photos taken by guide Linda Hanhilammi May 2009

New Born New Born

New Born New Born

New Born New Born

This is the one and only Zeppelin. He loves the snow. He is now a year and a half.
Photos by Linda Hanhilammi March 2009

Zeppelin at one and a half years

Zeppelin at one and a half years





Mom and Zeppelin.. Zeppelin at eight months old .. His hair is becoming thicker and he is eating food such as fruits and berries as well as nursing.

Zeppelin at  8 months

Mom and Zeppelin having a snack Zeppelin having a snack 8 months

Playful Zeppelin Zeppelin having a snack 8 months



Zeppelin at 6 months old! Here he is washing his leaf. They do not like to swim, but they do dip their food into water.

Zeppelin at 6 months

Pine cones for snow monkeys. The keepers like to give the snow monkeys different things for enrichment.

Zeppelin at 6 months

Zeppelin appears to be asking, "What's Next?"

Zeppelin at 6 months

On the move with Mom.

Zeppelin at 6 months

Halloween pumpkin time.

Zeppelin at Halloween
photo: Linda Hanhilammi November 2007

Zeppelin discovers his foot

Zeppelin discovers his foot at 5 months old
photo: Linda Hanhilammi. November 2007


Here are a group of photos showing our almost five month old snow monkey Zepplein enjoying his big plastic box. He loves to climb into it and hide or find treasures. Now he has discovered he can get to the top.

Zeppelin at 5 months old

The last photo looks like he is saying " Look What I can do Mom" she is sitting close by and watching him closely.

Photo by Ferne Spieler.


Zeppelin at 4 months old Zeppelin at 4 months old

Zeppelin at age 4 months old.
photo by Linda Hanhilammi, Monday Guide

Zeppelin at 2 months old

Zeppelin at age 4 months old.
photo by Linda Hanhilammi, Monday Guide

Zeppelin at 3 months old

Zeppelin at age 3 months old.
photo by Linda Hanhilammi, Monday Guide

Zeppelin at 2 months old

At 2 months old
Photo by Judith Wolfe

Zeppelin at 2 months old

At 2 months old
Photo by Judith Wolfe

Zeppelin at 2 months old

At 2 months old
Photo by Judith Wolfe

Zeppelin at 2 months old

Zeppelin at age four months old.
photo by Linda Hanhilammi, Monday Guide

Zeppelin at 6 weeks old

At 6 weeks old
Photo by Judith Wolfe

Zeppelin at a few weeks old

A few weeks old
Photo by Judith Wolfe

Zeppelin at 1 month old

One month old
Photo by Judith Wolfe






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