Monkey turns 38 – thats 114 to you and me

Trapper, a Japanese macaque, has been a resident of the OHSU Oregon national Primate Research Group longer than any other
by: Submitted photo Trapper, the eldest macaque (snow monkey) at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton (center), is, at 38, one of the oldest of his kind in the world.

With Japan in the top five list of countries boasting the highest life-expectancy rates in the world, it shouldn't be a shock that a Portland resident of Japanese decent just celebrated 114 years of life.

Well, 114 human years, that is.

Trapper, a Japanese macaque monkey and longtime resident of the OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, just celebrated his 38th birthday on Friday.

Trapper quite actively partook in the festivities as technicians, researchers and staff members threw a party complete with food, gifts and even a piñata for him and the almost 250 other Japanese macaques on site.

Trapper, who remains in great health, is not only the oldest Japanese macaque (or snow monkey) at OHSU, but is one of the oldest in the world.

The entire troop lives in a 2-acre corral and is desended from a group of 55 snow monkeys that arrived at the center from Japan in 1965. The center took the group in after the Japanese government sought out a new place for the monkeys to dwell, as they were encroaching on village space, and vice versa.

For many years, Trapper was considered the leader of his troop. Though he is no longer the alpha male, he continues to be treated with almost the same amount of respect as the current leader.

The snow monkeys, who make up a small number of the approximately 2,000 primates at OHSU, are mainly used for observational research.