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On monkey day, we need your help again for the two monkeys sighted at Segar road. If you have friends living in Segar road, please share the below with them to raise the awareness, spread the word with their neighbours to prevent conflict situations with macaques.

Since early November this year, we have been receiving feedback about monkeys (long-tailed macaques) reported to the EMSU, and also directly to our hotline. One or two monkeys have been sighted roaming around Segar Road blocks 466 to 472. The beautiful Zhenghua Nature Park (which is connected to the Dairy Farm nature park, a natural habitat for long-tailed macaques) is just adjacent to these blocks which also has a nice community garden.

It is natural for some of these monkeys to move from one troop to another, through these green corridors. This may take a few days to few weeks. En route, it is inevitable for them to cross residential blocks and it is in our hands to learn to live in harmony with them by following the guidelines below:

Look out for

1. Monkey staring at you

2. Monkey showing their teeth (smiling)

3. Monkey yawning with their canine showing

If you see any of those signs, please step back to indicate that you are not a threat. Upon sighting a macaque, do not stare at them and do not smile to show your teeth. Instead, move away slowly. If you are carrying any plastic bag or food, store them out of sight.

The most important thing is that these transient macaques do not stay in an area for long if there is no source of food or other macaques in that area. Do not store food near your windows as macaques at Segar Road have entered residential units in search for food. With time, the macaque will learn to move away if no food is made available by humans.

Please write to your town council also to share advisory notices to prevent conflict situations.

Please remember that feeding or interacting with macaques will result in habituating them to see humans as food sources. This often results in changes in behaviour and aggression, in turn resulting in nuisance complaints to the authorities asking for removal of the monkeys. Trapping and culling is not only inhumane, but also not a solution to address the human-macaque conflict. We strongly believe that the solution lies in preventing the conflict through education.

We seek your support to continue sharing and spreading the word to any of your friends who may live in Segar road area, to not interact or feed the monkey/s.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/ACRESasia/photos/a.223077136522.136..




ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) is a pioneering Singapore-based charity and Institution of Public Character, founded by Singaporeans in 2001 with the aim of promoting animal welfare.

ACRES has six focus areas: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Wildlife Crime Investigation, Zoo Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Community Outreach and Promoting Cruelty-Free Living.

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