Condo residents trained as 'monkey guards'

Together with security guards and volunteers, they use sticks to defend estate from the macaques

Ms Sabrina Jabbar, a primate researcher at the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore, training volunteers to become monkey guards at Dairy Farm Estate.
Ms Sabrina Jabbar, a primate researcher at the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore, training volunteers to become monkey guards at Dairy Farm Estate.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
The condo’s monkey guards are also trained to identify the alpha males that lead the various monkey troops as well as
their regular foraging routes.
The condo’s monkey guards are also trained to identify the alpha males that lead the various monkey troops as well as their regular foraging routes. PHOTO: SABRINA JABBAR

At the Dairy Farm Estate condominium in Upper Bukit Timah, its residents, security guards and animal-loving volunteers take on duties as "monkey guards".

Thrice a week, they patrol the grounds to defend the condo against incursions from monkeys from surrounding forests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Condo residents trained as 'monkey guards''. Subscribe