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Amber is a female snow macaque who arrived at Primarily Primates as an ex-pet. Snow macaques are native to the islands of Japan, representing the northernmost wild populations of non-human primates in the world. They are called snow monkeys because they live in areas of Japan where snow covers the ground for months each year. The Japanese snow macaque has been studied in the wild longer than most primate species, having been observed in numerous habitats and locations throughout Japan for more than 50 years. Researchers have documented the first case of cultural innovation in nonhuman primates with this species.