Thailand officers to take away a whole lot of monkeys from fashionable vacationer spot


  • Thai wildlife officers have introduced a plan to resolve a decade-long battle between people and monkeys in Lopburi, a central Thai metropolis.
  • The monkeys, a neighborhood cultural image and vacationer attraction, have precipitated harmful encounters, together with accidents to residents and vacationers.
  • Authorities goal to relocate round 2,500 city monkeys to massive enclosures whereas permitting a restricted quantity to stay free within the metropolis.

Thai wildlife officers laid out a plan on Wednesday to convey peace to a central Thai metropolis after no less than a decade of human-monkey battle.

The macaques that roam Lopburi are a logo of native tradition, and a serious vacationer draw. However after years of harmful encounters with residents and guests and a number of other failed makes an attempt to convey peace with inhabitants controls, native individuals and companies have had sufficient.

The monkeys regularly attempt to snatch meals from people, generally leading to tussles that may go away individuals with scratches and different accidents. However outrage grew in March when a girl dislocated her knee after a monkey pulled her off her ft in an effort to seize meals, and one other man was knocked off a motorbike by a hungry monkey.


Authorities hope to spherical up some 2,500 city monkeys and place them in huge enclosures, stated Athapol Charoenshunsa, the director-general of the Division of Nationwide Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. They’re going to work with wildlife consultants to discover a means for a restricted variety of monkeys to remain at liberty within the metropolis, he added.

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Macaques are seen on June 21, 2020, within the city of Lopburi, Thailand. Thai wildlife officers laid out a plan on Wednesday to convey peace to a central Thai metropolis after no less than a decade of human-monkey battle. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

“I don’t need people to have to harm monkeys, and I don’t need monkeys to have to harm people,” he instructed reporters throughout a information convention in Bangkok.

An official monkey catching marketing campaign was launched week, prioritizing extra aggressive alpha males. It has caught 37 monkeys up to now, most of whom have been positioned put underneath the care of wildlife authorities within the neighboring province of Saraburi, whereas others had been despatched to the Lopburi zoo.

Officers stated they plan to seize the remainder of the monkeys as soon as the enclosures are full, particularly these within the residential areas. Separate cages shall be ready for various troops of monkeys to forestall them from combating.


Athapol stated he expects the primary section of the operation to begin inside weeks, and believes the massive cages will be capable of comprise hundreds of them and “will remedy the issue in a short time.”

The monkeys are a logo of the province, about 90 miles north of Bangkok, the place the traditional Three Pagodas temple celebrates an annual “Monkey Buffet” competition, they usually’re generally seen all through town. Macaques are labeled as a protected species underneath Thailand’s wildlife conservation regulation.

Some have blamed town’s monkey troubles on vacationers and residents feeding the animals, which they are saying drew monkeys into town and boosted their numbers, in addition to getting them accustomed to getting meals from people.

However an earlier effort to restrict feeding might have made issues worse, some residents say. Native officers started threatening fines for feeding monkeys exterior a couple of designated areas round the principle vacationer points of interest lately. However these feeding areas had been dominated by a couple of troops of the extremely territorial creatures, whereas rival bands grew hungry and turned to harassing people in different areas for meals much more.


Athapol stated individuals shouldn’t see monkeys as villians, saying that the authorities might need not been environment friendly sufficient of their work to manage the simian inhabitants.

Folks additionally must adapt to town’s monkeys, stated Phadej Laithong, director of the Wildlife Conservation Workplace, explaining {that a} lack of pure meals sources prompts the animals to seek out meals wherever they will, together with from people.

Earlier management measure have fallen brief. From 2014-2023, the wildlife authorities neutered about 2,600 Lopburi monkeys.

Athapol stated they’re additionally working in different areas of Thailand which are dealing with issues with monkeys, reminiscent of Prajuab Kiri Khan and Phetchaburi. He stated 52 of the nation’s 77 provinces report frequent issues from monkeys.

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