Off the Streets and Back to the Forest
February 2016 saw all staff and volunteers on hand to help with the additional monkey care, following up on getting Lucky Luke the Langur’s permit and also assisting (JAAN and the BKSDA) with the prosecution of his owner who turned out to be a notorious wildlife smuggler. Sadly poor Luke died at the zoo on 13 February before he was able to be relocated. On the weather front, February was a washout with non-stop monsoon rain and storms so there were no reports of monkey performers on the streets this month.
On the 4th of February the education team held a program at local junior high school where they did activities and and also spoke about the importance of not supporting Topeng Monyet. The new puppet show for topeng monyet was not yet finished but the ‘back to their habitat’ powerpoint was still a lot of fun and hopefully the children will be more aware to not watch the monkey performers.
The two new monkeys are still in quarantine. After having their initial blood tests and being neutered by vet Dr Andre, the results showed that one of the monkeys was positive for Hepatitis A, (not as serious as B or C). We now need to get more in depth tests done to see if they have any other diseases but we still haven’t found a lab that will do them as the test packs at the usual lab are out of stock. In the meantime we are slowly transforming the diets of the two monkeys to a more suitable bush diet.
Update on Monkey Street Performance (Topeng Monyet) Investigation and Campaign:
There has been no response from the government to our request for an audience with the Sultan (also the governor). We will continue to contact the office to ask for a response. Due to constant monsoonal rain and storms we had no sightings reported this month.