After the recent news about coconut picking monkeys (Northern and Southern Pig-tailed Macaques) in Thailand went viral we have been overwhelmed with requests by monkey owners to take in their animals, resulting in a tricky situation for our wildlife rescue centre. Our quarantine facilities are already overrun with rescued primates mostly large male Pig-tailed macaques. Our funds are very limited due to the covid-19 crisis and the full closure of our country, Thailand, making it impossible for visitors or volunteers to arrive and provide us with the much needed work and financial contributions.
International animal welfare organisation “PETA” published a few video clips of these monkeys being kept and at work picking coconuts for larger companies, exporting coconut products to several foreign countries, which sparked an outcry worldwide, with some supermarkets and wholesalers taking these products off the shelf. WFFT is fully against the use of these endangered primates as tools in the agricultural sector.
We expect in the coming months that many macaques will need our help. Before we can help them we need your help to build new habitats – quarantine facilities and fields. WFFT has rescued 1000’s of macaques over the last two decades; we currently house over 300 rescued primates. Please help us help more.
The rescue facilities, with large enclosures for re-socializing the macaques after quarantine period.
Some photos of our quarantine area for macaques at WFFT, build in 2019 hereunder.