Urban monkeys are a group of primates who are used to living among humans, or settling and doing activities side by side with human settlement.
PR-HSD ARSARI has a short story about such urban monkeys. It is not uncommon to be spot a group of monkeys around the area. Urban monkeys that we often encounter are long-tailed monkeys and short-tailed monkeys, usually found in crowded tourist areas. One of the weaknesses of tourist attractions is visitors who feed the monkeys with processed food, therefore changing the monkeys’ natural behavior. This is also one of the effects of the urbanization of monkeys, aside from structural changes and rapid reproduction.
In PR-HSD ARSARI, we often spot long-tailed and short-tailed monkeys playing, eating, grooming, and even mating on the fence. As long as they do not interfere with the activities in the PR-HSD ARSARI, we mostly just leave them alone. Sometimes, we also notice these monkeys teasing the animals under our care, including the Sumatran tigers, and we document some of the monkey moments in the form of photos and videos.