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Messing with the Monkey’s Business

Monkeys at Ubud Money Forest Receive Vasectomies as Bali Works to Stabilize Primate Populations

(2/10/2012) Managers of the Wanara Wana Monkey Forest in Ubud have taken the definitive step of performing vasectomies on male monkeys in order to control the burgeoning population at the popular tourist site.

On Sunday, February 5, 2012, veterinarians and a team from the Primate Study Center at Bali’s Udayana University arrived at the Monkey Forest. Difficulties in capturing the elusive male monkeys and a limited number of doctors performing the surgical sterilization limited the procedure to an initial group of just eight apes.

The park covers a total of 12 hectares with an estimated monkey population of 600 -  200 of which are sexually productive females assiduously served by a sexually dominant group of 80 males.

Experts estimate 200 new monkeys are added to the population at the forest each year, posing the increasing threat that over-population will outstrip food and space supplies.

During the vasectomies, students from the Animal Husbandry Department at Udayana University surveyed the general health and condition of the sedated primates.

Plans are to carry out vasectomies at the Monkey Forest once every six months. Experts say the positive impact of the program will only really be felt in five years time when the monkey population stabilizes.