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Lop Buri’s Innovative Approach: Sterilizing Monkeys for Harmonious Urban Coexistence

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In a remarkable display of animal management and urban cohabitation strategy, a dedicated team of veterinarians embarked on an ambitious mission that captivated the heart of Lop Buri city. This adventure unfolded as they adeptly sterilized a troop of mischievous monkeys, ushering them towards a more serene lifestyle at the Pho Khao Ton Monkey Nursery nestled in the enchanting Mueang district. This thoughtful initiative, beautifully captured in photos by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), marks a significant step towards fostering harmony between the city’s residents and its primate denizens.

The operation kicked off with a bang, or perhaps more aptly, a chitter, as almost 73 monkeys were skillfully captured on its inaugural day. Led by the spirited Veera Kunchairuk, deputy director-general of the DNP, and supported by a legion of over 50 dedicated officials, the mission was no small feat. The scene was set in front of the illustrious Asia Hotel, stretching from the vibrant Seng Heng shop to the glittering Yongsawat gold shop, and extending right next to the verdant expanse of Ratchanusorn Park. This carefully selected battleground was primed for an operation aiming to gently reduce the local monkey populace, estimated to boast an audacious 200-300 members.

The strategy? Simple yet profoundly impactful – capture and sterilize. Each monkey, once gently ensnared, would embark on a transformational journey to the Lop Buri Monkey Park within the peaceful confines of tambon Pho Khao Ton. Here, amidst an oasis of care, the monkeys were promised a life of tranquility and abundance. Early reports from the first batch of 27 rehomed in May sang praises of success, noting a considerable decline in aggressive antics, attributed to the idyllic setting and plentiful food. It appeared, much to everyone’s delight, that the monkeys were finally finding their zen.

However, the DNP’s ambitious plans did not stop at the city’s edge; they were set to widen their net to envelop the bustling Manohra shopping centre, a known monkey hotspot where an astonishing near 500 monkeys were reported to roam. Here, a formidable large cage is to be constructed, envisioning a future where these primates could safely reside within the protective embrace of the Khao Somphot Wildlife Sanctuary in Chai Badan district.

With a mix of intrigue and expert execution, this operation not only stands as a testament to the DNP’s commitment to preserving wildlife but also beautifully elucidates the delicate balance between human settlements and animal habitats. As the city of Lop Buri watches this tale unfold, one cannot help but be enamored by the sheer dedication of all those involved. In this dance of population management and wildlife conservation, a bridge is being built – one that leads to coexistence, understanding, and most importantly, respect for all inhabitants of our planet. The monkeys of Lop Buri, once seen as troublesome, are now viewed through a lens of compassion and empathy, setting a precedent for urban wildlife management that resonates well beyond the city’s ancient walls.


  1. EnviroGuy88 May 25, 2024

    This initiative is a brilliant step towards harmonious living with urban wildlife. Sterilization is humane and an effective way to manage the monkey population without harming them. Kudos to the DNP and everyone involved!

    • NatureLover May 25, 2024

      Absolutely agree with you! It’s refreshing to see measures that focus on coexistence rather than exclusion or eradication.

      • EnviroGuy88 May 25, 2024

        Exactly, NatureLover! It’s all about finding that balance. I hope other cities take note.

    • Realist101 May 25, 2024

      While the concept is commendiable, I’m concerned about the long-term effects on the ecosystem. What happens when the monkey population decreases significantly? Won’t that disrupt local food chains?

      • BioDiva May 25, 2024

        Good point, but overpopulation of these monkeys is already disrupting local human environments and their own social structures. It’s a tough call, but controlled population might actually restore some balance.

  2. ConcernedCitizen May 25, 2024

    Isn’t there a more natural way to control the monkey population? It feels like we’re playing God here, determining which animals get to reproduce.

    • Skeptical May 25, 2024

      And what would you suggest? Letting nature take its course has led to this issue in the first place. Human expansion has altered habitats; this is just a way to mitigate those effects.

      • ConcernedCitizen May 25, 2024

        Maybe create more green spaces or design urban areas that can accommodate wildlife better. Prevention rather than control.

  3. MonkeyMadness May 25, 2024

    This is just a Band-Aid solution. The real problem is urban expansion and habitat destruction. We’re encroaching on their land and then penalizing them for trying to survive.

    • CityPlanner May 25, 2024

      That’s an oversimplification. Urbanization is inevitable, and finding humane ways to adapt together is better than conflict or culling. Should we stop growth because of wildlife?

      • GreenThumb May 25, 2024

        It’s not about stopping growth, but about sustainable development. Why can’t we think of solutions that consider both human and animal welfare?

      • MonkeyMadness May 25, 2024

        Exactly, GreenThumb. It’s time our urban planning includes the ecosystem we’re building on.

  4. HistoryBuff May 25, 2024

    The irony is, Lop Buri’s monkeys are a tourist attraction! Now we’re sterilizing them? Feels hypocritical.

    • Tourist101 May 25, 2024

      They can still be an attraction, just without the overpopulation issues. It’s about balance, not elimination.

  5. AnimalEthics May 25, 2024

    While sterilization might be more humane than culling, I worry about the psychological effects on the monkeys. These are social animals; we can’t fully understand how this might affect their social structures.

    • PrimatePal May 25, 2024

      Valid concern, but the alternative strategies might be much worse. It’s a complex issue with no perfect solution.

  6. EcoWarrior May 25, 2024

    This is a great example of how we can find middle ground in urban-wildlife conflicts. It’s a win-win.

  7. LocalResident May 25, 2024

    As someone living near these monkeys, believe me, anything that curbs their aggressive interactions is a godsend.

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