Koshima, the Birthplace of Japanese Primatology
Koshima is a small island located in Miyazaki prefecture, the southwest of Japan, off the coast of Kyushu. On Koshima Island there are approximately 100 Japanese monkeys (Macaca fuscata), well known for the behavior of washing sweet potatoes.
Koshima Field Station
Koshima Field Station is an additional facility of Wildlife Research Center as a base of research in Koshima Island. Koshima Field Station is located in opposite side accross the sea from Koshima Island. This station was built as a base of reseach in the island in 1968. A lot of guest researchers visit and utilize the station.
- Koshima Island and the Japanese Macaques in the island were desiginated as a natural monument.
- Kyoto University started researches on the Japanese Macaques.
- Researchers succeeded in feeding the Macaques for the first time in Japan.
- Sweet potato washing behaviors were found.
- Primate Research Institute (PRI) was established in Inuyama.
- Koshima Field station was built as an additional facility of PRI.
- We started to weigh the monkeys in the island.
- Koshima Field Station was enlarged.
- Koshima Field Station was transferred to Wildlife Research Center.
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