Tourists and Businesses Being Driven out Of Thai City by Thousands of Monkeys: Report!
CNS News–In the heart of Thailand, the city of Lopburi faces an unprecedented challenge that threatens its economic stability and cultural heritage. A troop of approximately 3,500 monkeys has taken over the city center, leading to a significant downturn in tourist arrivals and the closure of local businesses.
The macaque monkeys, once a charming attraction for visitors, have now become a menace, harassing customers and causing extensive damage to commercial properties. The situation has escalated to the point where Lopburi, known for its historical significance and vibrant trade, is on the brink of becoming a ghost town.
The influx of monkeys has deterred investors, including a notable Chinese entrepreneur who retracted investment plans upon witnessing the severity of the primate problem. The local economy, heavily reliant on tourism and trade, is at a standstill, with businesses vacating the once bustling city center. Local authorities and business owners are calling for urgent action to manage the monkey population, which has not only affected commerce but also the city’s appeal as a historical destination.
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The Lopburi Chamber of Commerce has highlighted the need for legislative changes to address urban wildlife management, emphasizing the importance of balancing the city’s historical preservation with its economic revival. Efforts to control the monkey population, such as mass sterilization programs, have been implemented, yet the challenge persists.
The government is considering collaborative measures with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation to devise a sustainable solution. As Lopburi stands at a crossroads, the need for a harmonious coexistence between its cultural heritage and wildlife becomes ever more critical in safeguarding its future as a thriving historical city.