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They may be naturally suited to swinging in rainforests, but monkeys in a Finnish zoo have demonstrated a “significant” preference for traffic sounds instead of the noises of the jungle, researchers have found.
As part of an experiment to see how technology could improve the well-being of captive animals, researchers installed a tunnel fitted with sensors in the enclosure of the monkeys at Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo, giving the primates the chance to choose to listen to the sounds of rain, traffic, zen sounds or dance music.
The Apsara National Authority (ANA) captured 16 macaque monkeys that had been living in and around the Bayon Temple compound.
The ANA noted that operations to capture nuisance monkeys at the temple and relocate them happened almost every year because they become accustomed to people, especially if they are fed.
The ANA said their plan was to take the monkeys to the Phnom Tamao Zoo, but only temporarily. They would quarantine them there and observe them for any signs of illness.
If they appear to be in good health they will be released into the wild again but into an area that is free of tourists and other people.
Constructed in the 14th century, the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali is older than Indonesia.
The original mission of the 10-hectare (25-acre) site, which is home to three temples, lush forests and hundreds of monkeys, was conservation and prayer in accordance with the Hindu principle of ‘tri hata karana’: harmony between humans, god and the natural world.