Dr. Saroj Chanlad, Head of Animal Health Thailand, Livestock Office Prachuap Khiri Khan province disclosed, from an academic survey, that there are currently over 5,000 Macaques monkey in Prachuap Province: Khao Takiab, Suan Ling community and Khao Chong Krachok area. The Macaques have variety of eating habits from grains and fruits and even anything that they can find edible. The highly concentrated carbohydrate content of their foods makes theses monkeys plentifully healthy, resulting in high sexual desire which has led to a rapid raise in the population of these monkeys.
Another contributing factor is the tourist. Tourists love to feed these monkeys which causes the monkeys then to change their eating habits moving them away from their natural diet. The monkeys will wait to be fed by people and tourists. This over population of monkeys is becoming a problem in our city. A monkey sterilization plan has been planned by The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation officials.
They plan to patrol and catch the monkeys at their reproductive age for sterilization (April 2019). Hua Hin municipality will pay all expenses. Everyone is in agreement that the increasing population of monkeys at Khao Takiab is constantly increasing, and is a problem that must have a resolution. Ms. Pimolwan Silapawisetsran, the volunteer leader who is helping to solve monkey population problem revealed that the fund raising, through social networks requesting a donation of 24 baht each to help the Macaques in Khao Takiab Temple area, announced the closure of the donation drive and a total of 116,959 baht in donations were collected and will be used to buy more than 100 sacks of grain food and water containers on Khao Takiab, as there is a shortage of ‘good’ food for the ever growing numbers of monkeys especially during in the dry season. “Currently, many of the monkeys get down from the mountains to look for the food and disturb the residents in the nearby villages. Many agencies and public sector representatives must solve bo