Primates

Wildlife SOS currently houses over 250 primates rescued from all over the country. Whenever possible, these monkeys are released back into the wild after proper examination and appropriate treatment by our vets. In the case where a monkey is in poor health or has lost a limb, we offer them life-long care and shelter at our various facilities.

The most common monkey we encounter is the Rhesus Macaque. This species can be found in the northern parts of India, in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Burma and in the southern parts of China. In the wild they live in troops of 20 to 180 monkeys. These primates are extremely adaptable and adjust to living even in congested urban environments. Loss of natural habitats and predator species have caused there numbers to increase. When they live in urban areas like Delhi, they are considered pests. A common problem we encounter with this species arises when people have decided that a baby monkey will make a great pet. Unfortunately most people do not know how to care for a monkey and cannot handle them as they grow older and increasingly aggressive. Monkeys are notorious in India for breaking into people’s houses to steal what they can and cause trouble.

Another species we rescue regularly is the Bonnet Macaque. Native to the southern parts of India where they can be found living in forests, evergreens and in some urban areas, they also move in troops ranging from 5 to 80 monkeys, sometime more. The main problem we encounter with the Bonnet Macaques is that the local people buy these monkeys and train them to beg from tourists. They are also used to lure delighted tourists into shops or stalls. We respond to many calls for help with monkeys who have been hit by cars on the road or electrocuted by power lines. In all these cases,we are always ready to help.

In a first of a kind, private public partnership (PPP) model collaborative initiative, the Agra Development Authority and the Agra District Administration have partnered with Wildlife SOS and launched ‘The Human Primate Conflict Mitigation Project‘ to tackle the exploding population of rhesus macaques in the historical city of Agra in the year 2015. With the main objective to capture and sterilize rhesus macaques (rhesus monkeys) in troops from the high intensity conflict areas of Agra and release the animals back to the very same area.

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