PHETCHABURI’S WFFT SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF COCONUT-PICKING MACQUES

The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), led by founder Edwin Wiek,  has joined hands with Ampol Food Processing and the Theppadungporn Coconut Company to help find a long-term solution for the monkeys used in the coconut picking industry in Southern Thailand, starting on the island of Koh Samui.

PHETCHABURI’S WFFT SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF COCONUT-PICKING MACQUES

WFFT and partners met up with the local community members, coconut farmers and owners of coconut picking monkeys (Southern and Northern pig-tailed macaques) to discuss the history of the practice of coconut picking, the current status of the farming and industry and proposed future changes and adjustments.

PHETCHABURI’S WFFT SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF COCONUT-PICKING MACQUES

Many of the farmers explained that although the picking of coconuts by monkeys has been a way of life for generations, they would like to see change to this practice, while explaining that on especially hard to access mountain slopes it would be hard to find alternatives to the practice.

They also explained their concern for the monkeys once they retire from coconut picking as they cannot be released back to the wild.  They would be in danger from the local population and cannot defend themselves due to their lack of canine teeth.

During the WWFT visit and discussions, two macaques that had retired were rescued, with one needing urgent medical help, to be provided at their Phetchaburi wildlife hospital.  They will spend the rest of their lives under care at the WFFT “Monkey Island” project.

PHETCHABURI’S WFFT SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF COCONUT-PICKING MACQUES

Ampol Food and Theppadungporn Coconut will continue providing support to the WFFT projects to increase quality of life of the macaques and to find a solution to these problems faced and push for positive change.

There are more than 700 animals at WFFT who need help. Please follow the link to support WFFT during this incredibly difficult time.  https://www.wfft.org/save-wildlife