In Phuket, they’re afraid of an increased population of wild monkeys again.


Inspectors believe that many tourists do not understand the danger posed by monkeys. Tourists ignore the rules: they cannot be fed, chased, cursed, etc.

On Wednesday, the director of the Center for Animal Research in the Neohotnichiy district of Khao Phra Tau in Talang, Pongchart Chuechorm inspected two sites in Rassada that are home to local monkeys: one in King Keo Soi 9, the other in Soya Ta Jin.

The corresponding signs are printed in Thai, English, Chinese and Russian.

“There are guides in popular places who tell tourists how to behave in the presence of monkeys,” said Mr. Pongchart.

On King Queo Soi 9, officers found a monkey with three babies and about 35 teenage monkeys. “We will assess the effectiveness of the control of the monkey population over the next three months,” Pongchart said.

Last year, authorities carried out mass sterilization to limit the growth of the wild monkey population throughout Phuket. This was intended to prevent the spread of monkey-borne diseases. Recently, the same decision was made in Hua Hin, where the monkey population is also a major problem.

Strange as it may seem, the inspectors did not find any animals in the Soya Ta Jin site, but local residents told the staff that a group of monkeys came to the area every morning.

Mr Pongchart said he would discuss the results of the inspection with the municipality of Rassad. As a result, a set of additional measures will be considered.

Source: The Phuket News.

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