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BANGKOK 17 November 2018 21:48
Jonathan Fairfield

Koh Sirey locals want to keep the monkeys as a tourist attraction

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Koh Sirey locals want to keep the monkeys as a tourist attraction

By Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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“This area is a local attraction for both Thai and foreign tourists. Monkeys haven’t interrupted locals. Only the government office near the monkey viewing point was damaged.”

 

A public hearing was held yesterday between the Sirey community, led by Pongchart Chouehorm, Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area in Thalang and Prarob Hanchang, Director of Natural Resources Division and officials from the Natural and Environment Resources Phuket Office.

 

“There are about 200-300 monkeys in this area. Some of them have health problems such as obesity and skin diseases. Sanitation, infrastructure and improvement in the area’s amenity are necessary because this area is a popular tourism attraction,” says Khun Pongchart.

 

Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/koh-sirey-locals-want-to-keep-the-monkeys-as-a-tourist-attraction

 

 
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I wonder why it is a punishable crime to feed the fish, but it's ok to feed the monkeys.

 

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I actually would agree with that. Put the locals on the freegin' island and let the monkeys reign in their natural habitats.

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