British International School, Phuket
333 at the beach British International School, Phuket Pro Property Partners
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Trouble-making macaques moved on Koh Maphrao

Trouble-making macaques moved on Koh Maphrao

PHUKET: Two macaques caught annoying residents on Koh Maphrao (Coconut Island), off Phuket’s east coast, have been moved to the far side of the island in the hope they will no longer be a nuisance.

By The Phuket News

Monday 21 November 2022, 11:22AM

Pongchart Chuahom, head of Khao Phra Thaeo Nature and Wildlife Education Center in Pa Khlok, reported that the two macaques, designated “C1” and “C2”, were transported to the far side of Koh Maphrao yesterday (Nov 20).

The macaques were caught in Baan Koh Maphrao, in Moo 6, Koh Kaew, on Nov 8 after local residents tired of the pair causing trouble, Mr Pongchart said.

Exactly what trouble the macaques had caused was not explained.

Officers from the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-hunting Area from the Kusoldharm Foundation arrived and collected the macaques on Saturday so they could undergo health checks by wildlife experts and be tested for disease, Mr Pongchart said.

Given the all-clear, the pair were transported to the far side of Koh Maphrao, where they were reunited with a troupe of monkeys living in undisturbed, natural surroundings there, he added.

Thai Residential

The growing population of resident monkeys in the Phuket area, along with sprawling urbanisation, has seen increasing incidents of humans and monkeys encroaching into each other’s areas.

Mr Pongchart and fellow wildlife officers were called to a resort in Chalong in September after a monkey was found troubling guests there.

Growing wild monkey populations in Phuket in years past have inspired masss-terilisation campaigns, and even the shipping off of troupes of monkeys to islands offshore (see stories here and here).

Officials have issued numerous warnings that monkeys can be dangerous and can carry communicable disease from monkeys to humans.

A Russian tourist suffered a serious monkey bite at Khao Toh Sae in Phuket Town late in 2019, and in 2018 signs were posted at key sites where tourists and local residents interact with wild monkeys, warning people to “Beware monkey attack” and to not feed wild monkeys or tease them with food.

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)

JohnC | 22 November 2022 - 08:28:55

Monkeys can be dangerous but they hold nothing when compared to their cousins known as homo sapiens. Where ever we take over other species are bound to lose!


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: Putting Phuket on show

Not even able to keep the most crucial Phuket key roads in sustainable condition, as we all over Phu...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Putting Phuket on show

"Presentation solely focussed on 'glorified' benefits of sustainability, harmony, prosp...(Read More)

‘Lessons learned’ from airport chaos

ematt, I'm sure you would have been unhappy about this too if you missed your international conn...(Read More)

Over 3000 flights to land in Phuket in December as tourism rebounds

Anyway, the number of Phuket flight arrivals/departures are spiking. And just during that period of ...(Read More)

Koh Siray targetted over deluge of trash

Oh Ematt....that is a very funny comment, coming from you. On many occasions you have called people ...(Read More)

Tourists urged to contact police in case of Phuket taxi deviations

Fascinated, yes, you have a point. However, tourists have not always any idea of Phuket topograhy, b...(Read More)

Koh Siray targetted over deluge of trash

Are in that 'village' no trash dump/collection facilities locations. And of course empty the...(Read More)

Filipino arrested and deported for 252 day overstay

One of probably hundreds of over-stayers. Hope they catch many more of them....(Read More)

Over 3000 flights to land in Phuket in December as tourism rebounds

Time to avoid Phuket airport at all costs. That is a ridiculous number of flights to allow, asking f...(Read More)

‘Lessons learned’ from airport chaos

I have seen many instances of Thai authorities saying lessons learned but in reality that rarely eve...(Read More)