A few days ago we received a call from some concerned monks about an adult long-tailed macaque that had taken up residence at a temple close to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. The macaque in question had moved far away from any other known population of macaques so the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team headed out to relocate this monkey. Luckily we were able to capture him without any problems. He was brought back to the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for a check up and to be de-sexed.
The long-tailed macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species. Habitat loss and degradation due to human encroachment, pose the biggest threat to all macaque species. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Increasing competition between macaques and humans due the increase in need of land for agriculture and other human activities is the foremost reason that macaques are persecuted as pests. Hostile encounters with macaques are common in urban areas due to the active promotion of their presence for spiritual and entertainment purposes by provisioning food for the macaques. We (humans) both promote population growth through the provision of food and the protection habitat, but on the other hand we hinder it through the continued fragmentation of their habitat, and the capture and exportation for research, and the pet-trade.
The health check we performed found no visible health problems, and revealed that he had already been de-sexed. A day later he was taken to a protected forest area in the same province we found him and released back to the wild. He flew out of the cage and into the trees. Run free and stay safe Big Boy!!!