UPDATE: Phuket Sterilisation Project of Wild Monkeys is Now Underway

Phuket –

Phuket has targeted to sterilize 500 wild monkeys from famous tourist attraction areas to help control a growing population.

Our previous story:

A monkey control team from Samut Sakhon has started to sterilize monkeys in Phuket, which has a population of more than 2,000.

Now for the update:

Mr. Pongchart Chueahom, the head of the Khao Phra Taeo Natural and Wildlife Center in Thalang, told the Phuket Express that the project running from April 21st to May 16th, 2023 is targeted to sterilize about 500 monkeys from famous tourist attraction places such as at Rang Hill in Phuket Town, Toh Sae Hill in Rassada and Monkey Viewpoint at Koh Sirey.

Sterilized monkeys are released back to where they live after the operation.

This is in response to concerns by authorities over the rapidly growing population and complaints from tourists about aggressive monkeys causing issues for visitors.

If the population was left unchecked it would surge to a rate where they would move into other areas looking for food near the tourist attractions, bothering local residents and causing property damage.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.