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17 April 2010 :: 15:04:26 pm 18421

Emergency Fruit Supplies Sent to Monkey Island near Pattaya

An emergency consignment of fruit has been organised by the Thailand Tourism Authority Eastern-Seaboard in cooperation with the Pattaya administration to be sent out to Koh Ling (Koh Ped, Monkey Island). The decision was made to prepare the supply after reports that the thousands of monkeys on Koh Ling were beginning to suffer due to a scarcity in food.
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Sattahip, the 17th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Miss Jamming Junnapiya (Thailand Tourism Authority Eastern-Seaboard Director) along with Miss Phatsarin Sawettarat (Thailand Tourist Authority Pattaya Deputy Director) went to Chumphon Naval Academy in Bang Saray, Sattahip to prepare an emergency boat of food for the monkeys on Koh Ling.

For years, the monkeys on Koh Ling have survived off of the regular tourist tours to the islands in the region, which provided the primates with fruits and vegetables to eat. Tourists would happily feed the monkeys whilst taking pictures and admiring their playful nature. However; due to varying factors, including the global economic crisis and more importantly Thailand’s continuing political instability, tourist numbers have dropped along with the flow of food to Monkey Island. Although the island of Koh Ling is densely covered in tropical forest there is very little if any food growing for the monkeys to survive off.

Although tours laden with tourist still proceed to the island daily, there numbers are insufficient to sustain the life of the many thousands of monkeys inhabiting Koh Ling and as such an emergency food supply plan has been devised to sustain the loveable monkey population. The Thai Samae monkey is known throughout the world for its kind and playful nature.

The program to support the Thai Samae monkeys on Koh Ling was devised by Miss Jamnong Junnapiya from the Chumphon Navy Academy Educational Department after she had witnessed their obvious struggles. In coalition with supporting the lives of the monkeys on Koh Ling a plan is also underway to help preserve the rich coral reef that surrounds a large majority of the island.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Tourism News

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