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Love Triangle Challenges Reign of Japan’s Monkey Queen

By February 8, 2022No Comments

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

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