British International School, Phuket
333 at the beach Zonezi Properties British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Monkey neutering campaign gains momentum in Phuket

Monkey neutering campaign gains momentum in Phuket

PHUKET: Wildlife officials in Phuket are continuing their efforts to control the population of macaques on the island. Dozens of monkeys have already been caught and taken to the Nature and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew Wildlife Sanctuary since the campaign began in April, the overall target is set at 500 animals.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 6 May 2023, 03:10PM

The current round of the monkey neutering campaign is set to run from Apr 21 through May 16, with officials aiming to catch and neuter 500 wild monkeys, according to the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO, or Phuket OrBorJor), which announced the news yesterday (May 5). 

The campaign’s duration and target number of monkeys to be neutered had not been disclosed before this announcement. The information was finally revealed in a publication covering the visit of PPAO Vice President Anupap Vejvanichsanong to the Nature and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew where the monkeys are neutered before being released back into the wild.

Accompanying Mr Anupap were Suthat Niyomthai, Chief of the Phuket Livestock Office, and Pongchart Chouehom, Chief of the Nature and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew. Mr Pongchart marked the visit on his personal Facebook page, which remains the main source of information about the monkey sterilisation effort in Phuket.

Earlier this week, Mr Pongchart made a series of announcements through his page regarding the campaign. In a publication on May 4, the wildlife official revealed that the campaign is not limited to Soi Kingkaew 9, the initial location where the cages were installed to catch macaques on April 20. 

Since then, monkey catching has been organised at Khao Toh Sae (Phuket Town’s renowned Monkey Hill), the Monkey Viewpoint at the entrance to Koh Siray (another popular tourist attraction), and Soi Thachin. All these locations are known for large groups of monkeys, which frequently disturb local residents.

Open Kitchen Laguna

In another publication on May 3rd, Mr Pongchart announced that wildlife officials are also conducting proactive work to educate local people and tourists about their efforts to control monkey populations. As part of this, officials installed banners on Khao Toh Sae, asking people not to feed monkeys there as this disrupts the catch-and-neuter campaign.

In two separate publications on May 1 and May 4, Mr Pongchart spoke about two monkeys that were delivered to his centre without any connection to the campaign. The first one was found injured in Rawai, and the second one was disturbing people in Koh Kaew, so they asked wildlife specialists to come and catch the animal. Both monkeys are believed to have been neutered and released into the wild, just like the 500 others which the officials aim to catch as part of the campaign.

Finally, Mr. Pongchart posted pictures from several visits to Koh Payu, an uninhabited island off Phuket’s eastern coast that was chosen as the new home for monkeys relocated from Phuket in the first stage of the cage-and-neuter program in 2018. 

“The monkeys are healthy, their fur is shiny, and they do not exhibit any aggressive behavior,” Mr Pongchart said in a post, published on Apr 23, when the new round of the campaign had just started.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)

Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Two injured in accidents in front of Satree Phuket School within one night

Two totally unneeded 'accidents'. We not read about alcohol- and drugs tests done. No charg...(Read More)

Kathu Police transferred after nightclub raids

We just wait for a 'Colonel raid' of Chalong RTP station like done Patong and Kathu. Nasa12 ...(Read More)

Officials investigate tourists ordered out of van at Phuket pier

No one was 'ordered' anywhere with threat of force. Seems to me the situation was de escala...(Read More)

Car collides with stray cows on Thepkrasattri Rd

Uh, from the damage on the truck, somewhere is a cow suffering horribly if not already dead from se...(Read More)

Male employees to receive 15 days of paternity leave

GASP! 'Woke-ism' (aka compassionate humanism) has come to Thailand. ...(Read More)

All taxis welcome at Rassada Pier after ’turf war’ hits spotlight

The days of tourists having to walk and drag their luggage a long way off the airport to avoid the c...(Read More)

All taxis welcome at Rassada Pier after ’turf war’ hits spotlight

Great news! Today Rassada Pier...soon to fall should be the mafia run cartels at the airport. Seems ...(Read More)

All taxis welcome at Rassada Pier after ’turf war’ hits spotlight

There is not a single day that Phuket not proves NOT to be a international first class tourist desti...(Read More)

All taxis welcome at Rassada Pier after ’turf war’ hits spotlight

Talking about a 'long time solution', there is just one: Cancel/rule out permanent any right...(Read More)

All taxis welcome at Rassada Pier after ’turf war’ hits spotlight

would be better to have that sign written in english also...just in case... ...(Read More)