A monkey control team from Samut Sakhon has started to sterilize monkeys in Phuket, which has a population of more than 2,000.
Mr. Pongchart Chueahom, the head of the Khao Phra Taeo Natural and Wildlife Center in Thalang told the Phuket Express that the team has started to install cages to catch monkeys in Soi King Kaew 9 in Rassada, Mueang Phuket.
The project is aimed to control Macaque monkeys from April 21st to May 16th, 2023. The project was launched five years ago in Baan Yamu in Paklok, Thalang after locals complained that many monkeys had disturbed residential areas.
Phuket has continued with the project and recently there were more than 2,000 monkeys in many areas of the island. At Toh Sae Hill Public Park, Rang Hill Public Park, and Koh Sirey Monkeys Viewpoint, monkeys have also disturbed tourists. Meanwhile, at Soi King Kaew 9 in Rassada, Klong Ta Jeen, Baan Bang Rong, and Baan Yamu monkeys have disturbed residential areas.
Controlling the birth rate of monkeys is very important for the future because natural food will not be enough for them which will affect the natural cycle, said Pongchart.