Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary

The Primates pictured on this page are only a few of the many primates who reside at Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary.

Primates, or monkeys, range in size from 4 to 5 ounces up to 75 pounds, depending on the species. A monkey is either a member of the New World or Old World simian primates. There are 264 known species of monkey. Some live in trees, while others do not.

Food sources vary by species, but generally include fruit, leaves, seeds, nuts, flowers, insects, eggs and small animals.



The Japanese Snow Macaque, or Snow Monkey, is from the Old Monkey World species and is native to northern Japan. It spends most of its time in forests, including subtropic, subalpine, deciduous, broadleaf and evergreen forests. It's primary food sources include seeds, roots, buds, fruit, invertebrates, berries, leaves, birds, eggs, fungi, bark and cereals. The Japanese Macaque lives in groups of 20 to 100 individuals that are subdivided into matrilineal groups.

The Japanese Snow Macaque is also a very smart animal. It is the only animal other than humans and raccoons that is known to wash its food before eating it. It has also been discovered that it can develop and use different accents like humans.

Monkeys do not usually make good pets. They require large amounts of attention and can not handle being separated from their owners for long periods of time. Bored monkeys usually become destructive monkeys. They may even become agressive to their owners, and can change from one minute to the next. By the time the pet owner discovers they have a problem, the only resource they have is to find homes for their pet monkeys in zoos or sanctuaries.


To learn more information about primates in general or any of the primates pictured on this page, please contact us to arrange an educational tour.