Yakei Became a Rare Alpha Female of a Macaque Troop in a Nature Reserve
“Yakei, a Japanese macaque monkey, has become the rare alpha female, climbing to the top of a strict hierarchy by fighting to the top of a strict hierarchy by fighting not only her own mother but a trip of high-ranking males.
Smashing the patriarchy in the human world has been easier said than done. But last year, a 9-year-old female Japanese macaque in a reserve in southern Japan showed humans how it’s done by violently overthrowing the alpha male of her troop to become its first female leader in the reserve’s 70-year history.”
NY Times, By Annie Roth, 01/21/22