These Chionophiles are Enjoying the Snow

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A chionophile is any organism (e.g. animal, plant, or fungi) that is able to thrive in cold winter conditions.  The term comes from the concatenation of two Greek words: chion meaning “snow” and phile meaning “lover of” or “enthusiastic for”.  Geographically, chionophiles dominate in regions of the world where extreme winter conditions exist such as in the polar regions and in mountainous areas.  Examples of chionophiles are polar bears, arctic hares, Japanese macaques, and certain species of spruce trees.

This cute video from the BBC shows a baby Japanese Macaque monkey learning how to make a snowball and playing with his fellow chionophiles in the snow.


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