Monkey Birth Control Phase 5 is about to begin. Department of National Parks vets will be operating on males and females (about 100 in total) starting on 4th April. Preparation began with the arrival of cages on Saturday.
Then yesterday, Sunday, the mayor of OPT Phana, Kanok Sonsil, people from DNP and and OPT Phana, together with Pensri Whiting of Phana Monkey Project gathered at the Chao Poo shrine in Don Chao Poo Forest for a ceremony to request a blessing from the guardian spirit.
Later, cages were sited in the village of Don Khual. They will remain open for a few days so that monkeys can be accustomed to them.
This morning, young monkeys started to explore the new structure:
While older and wiser monkeys bided their time and kept a watchful eye on the young ones:
Maybe tomorrow there will be food in the cages.