Hot Spring Bath Opens For Japanese Macaques On Hokkaido

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Japanese macaques are relaxed in an outdoor hot spring bath at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden on December 1, 2016 in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. The garden offers the hot spring treatment to macaques until May next year. Continue reading »

Terrifying Portraits of Indonesia’s Street-Performing Macaques

“Terror often stems not from the unknown, but from something familiar that has been subtly – but unmistakably – transformed. This certainly helps explain why Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa’s series, “A Kind of You”, is so unsettling. Saksa, a portrait photographer by trade, was appalled when, traveling in Jakarta in 2012, he first caught sight of macaque monkeys that had been manacled and forced into roles as “actors” in street performances. In the fall of last year, with the help of an Indonesian journalist, Saksa began investigating people known as “monkey masters” – entrepreneurs who train and rent monkeys to beggars. Continue reading »