|Written by Viola Luk|
|Monday, 20 April 2009|
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They swing from trees, cannonball into the waters, and approach walkers on sight - expecting food. They are the monkey kings of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong - JMSC - This so-called concrete jungle has a monkey problem. The monkey population in Hong Kong is currently growing at an alarming rate of about seven percent a year. If you think about how low the city's birth rate is -- this means the monkeys are outbreeding the people.
When the first comprehensive survey was performed in 1992, only around 600 monkeys inhabited the area. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) estimates there are now around 2,100 wild monkeys in Hong Kong. Over 70% live in Kam Shan Country Park and Lion Rock Country Park.
The cause of the steep increase in the monkey population is said to be human feeding. Pay a visit to Kam Shan Country Park (affectionately known as 'Monkey Mountain') on the weekend, and it's likely that you'll catch a glimpse of monkey-feeding in action.
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