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Phuket monkeys face relocation to islands offshore

PHUKET: Officials are taking serious consideration in moving troops of monkeys from Phuket to small islands offshore to reduce the number of “problems between people and monkeys”, according to an official report.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 5 May 2017, 05:42PM


In moving the idea forward, top-ranking wildlife officials yesterday (May 4) inspected three islands that may become home to troops of troublesome monkeys.

Leading the inspection was Piyawat Sukhon, who as Director of the Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area Office in Thalang is the officer responsible for the protection and conservation of all natural wildlife on the island.

Joining him was Pongchart Chouehorm, Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Theaw, and Greangsak Sribuarod, head of the Wildlife Research Station in Surat Thani.

Pa Khlok Mayor Panya Sampaorat also joined the team, which inspected the small islands of Koh Pae and Koh Thanan, both off Pa Khlok, and Koh Malee, offshore from Rassada, on Phuket’s east coast.

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“All three islands were found to be suitable new homes for any relocated monkeys and we need to talk with other relevant offices to make this project a reality,” Mr Pongchart reported yesterday.

However, today Mr Pongchart remained tight-lipped about the project.

“It is just only inspection,” he told The Phuket News this afternoon (May 5).

“I can’t tell say when this will go ahead. I will let the media know,” he added.

 

 

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ematt | 07 May 2017 - 10:45:20

The posters below presume to have more expertise on the subject than professional wildlife managers. Amazing!

yvonne | 06 May 2017 - 19:12:24

Koh Lone would be better, also consider neutering the Monkeys BEFORE releasing them there,otherwise there will just be another BIGGER problem in the future.SOLVE a problem once and for all, do not just seek temporary solutions and sit with the SAME  even bigger problem
later on.

BenPendejo | 06 May 2017 - 18:07:09

The utter incompetence and unprofessional approach to wildlife and Natural Resource management is just baffling.  My first thought was of food and water...none of which are in adequate supply there...and please don't tell us it will be provided by some Thai department omn a routine basis.

Kurt | 06 May 2017 - 15:33:16

You are very right, Sir Burr, agree with you 100%.
On the 'dots' the thai officials call 'islands', is no monkey survival possible.
Guess that is what they have in mind.
Any other thought possible?

Sir Burr | 06 May 2017 - 13:39:25

And what are the monkeys supposed to drink? Seawater? There is no fresh water on those islands. Another stupid idea not thought out before informing the public.

Kurt | 06 May 2017 - 10:27:03

Are the small islands, mentioned and shown here, suitable for troops of monkeys?
Troops of monkeys need space.

Asterix | 05 May 2017 - 18:32:10

Koh Lone in Chalong Bay would be more suitable for monkeys because few people are living there and there are plenty of virgin forests, streams and many other protected animal species.
It would be easy to have a DNP Rangers Station to supervise illegal activities during day and night.

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