Did you know that feeding monkeys is harmful. Here is why:
1) Monkeys can suffer dreadful ill effects from bacteria present on your body which does not harm you. They can also catch human diseases which can be devastating to them.
2) Feeding monkeys attracts them to areas where humans gather, increasing the risk of road traffic accidents and attacks by domestic pets.
3) Irregular feeding can lead to aggression towards humans and other animals
4) Irrespective of the myths; bananas are not the preferred food of monkeys in the wild. Feeding bananas, particularly those treated with pesticides for the commercial market, upsets their delicate digestive systems and causes dental problems.
5) Feeding creates a dependency on humans which diminishes their ability to survive.
6) Feeding interferes with the monkeys’ natural habits and upsets the balance of their diet which is centred on wild fruits, seeds, small animals and insects.
7) Sustained contact with humans facilitates poaching and capture for the illegal wildlife/pet trade.
8) Pregnant females who depend on feeding rarely give birth to healthy infants. They fail to carry to full-term, or suffer still births, or the infants fail to thrive if born.
9) In the wild, monkeys travel large distances each day to find enough food. This has positive effects on their physical fitness, and protects the environment from becoming polluted. Feeding makes them more likely to stay inactive, and in the same small area, which means diseases build up among the troupe.
10) If the above reasons do not sway you; consider the number of diseases monkeys are known to pass to humans; rabies, Ebola, green monkey disease, and, according to some research, HIV. Who knows what might be next?
Remember; the monkeys are not aware of any of the above. But now YOU are. Please think carefully before going on any tours which involve feeding any wildlife. Give the natural world the space it needs to survive.
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