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Monkey business



Specialists are making home visits to find naughty monkeys that plague neighbourhoods so they can sell them for Rs 25,000 to middlemen supplying medical researchers. Nepal's only monkey specialist, Mukesh Kumar Chalise, has been busy after the government's recent policy to allow anyone a license from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) to rear wild animals. Chalise is planning to collect 150 monkeys between 5-20 years of age for bio-medical research. His eyes are on the red monkeys of Palpa and Nawalaparasi. He also has the support of DNPWC who have agreed to supply monkeys for his research. "The supply will mostly come from Langtang National Park, Gokarna and other hill districts where monkeys are nuisance to the farmers," says Surya Bahadur Pande from DPNWC. The project will also involve international specialists as research on red monkeys is in high demand all over the world. Two years ago, Washington University had asked for 200 red monkeys but was turned down following bitter protests from conservationists.



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