24 Monkeys Who Were Kept As Pets Are Returned To The Rainforest; Signatures Needed To Protect More!

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Twenty-four monkeys who were stolen from their wild home to live as captive pets are now safe and back in their rainforest home in Indonesia.

The group consisted of 18 long-tailed and six pig-tailed macaques who had been kept as pets and were either abandoned or surrendered by their owners after the novelty of keeping them as pets wore off.

Fortunately, they were taken in by International Animal Rescue (IAR), which aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many animals as they can.

According to the organization, macaques are one of the most heavily traded primate species in the Indonesian pet market and are unfortunately left with no legal protection against the abuse that accompanies the pet trade, which ranges from being caged, chained, or forced to perform on the streets.

“These monkeys should not be used for entertainment or kept at home as pets,” said Imam Arifin, a member of IAR Indonesia’s medical team. “They are wild animals that should be allowed to live in their natural habitat.”

Once rescued, the macaques are first kept in quarantine at IAR’s Primate Rehabilitation Centre in Bogor, West Java, until it’s confirmed that they are healthy. They then begin rehabilitation, where they are reintroduced to natural foods and encouraged to exhibit behaviors they need to survive on their own in the wild.

They are also socialized in groups that they will stay with once they are released; and for some, it is the first time they will meet others of their kind.

The latest group to be returned home were taken to the Batutegi Protected Forest Area of Lampung on October 23rd, 2017, with the assistance of local residents from Batutegi.

There they spent a few days in habituation cages to get used to their surroundings before being set free.

“Macaques are commonly caught and kept as pets in Indonesia. Their lives in captivity are utterly miserable and we are always delighted to be able to rescue these intelligent and sociable primates, rekindle their natural behaviors and return them to their home in the forest,” said Alan Knight OBE, Chief Executive of IAR. “It is a long and painstaking process but worth all the time and effort to give these monkeys back their freedom.”

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