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Conservationists slam proposal to export monkeys to China

  • Published
    20th Apr, 2023
Context

Zoologists and conservationists in Sri Lanka slammed a recent government proposal exploring the export of monkeys to China, terming it an ad-hoc, illegal, and short-sighted response to a long-standing human-animal conflict.

About the species
  • Macaca Sinica (Toque Macaque) is a species of primates in the family of Old World monkeys.
  • They are diurnal herbivores.
  • Toque macaques are the smallest species of Macaca. They have a golden brown coat on their dorsal surface and white hair on their ventral surface.
  • Toque macaque monkeys are classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
  • The monkeys are endemic to Sri Lanka.

What is Sri Lanka’s plan?

  • The South Asian nation is apparently planning to export 1,00,000 endangered monkeys to China to place in 1,000 of its zoos.
  • Debt-trap: China is one of Sri Lanka's biggest bilateral lenders and the nation will try to fulfil the request. 
  • Monkey problem: Monkeys are considered pests in Sri Lanka because they destroy crops and raid villages in search of food, and sometimes attack people.
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