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Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby Luigi H » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 9:06 am

I am considering moving to a house that borders with Bukit Timah Natural Reserve. Last night someone told me that this area could be infested with monkeys and that they (these monkeys) could enter the house. I really like the place and wanted to get your opinion on Monkeys & living in that area. PS. I do have a big dog (a Weimaraner) and he is very protective of the house. Just I am not sure how aggressive these monkeys could be. Many thanks for your response. Cheers, Luigi

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Re: Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 9:22 am

I have seen many monkeys there, and some on the roads. I am not sure what to recommend to you, monkeys are known to come to houses and steal things.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 9:28 am

They can get very aggressive and tend to travel in packs. Your dog, an outside breed, if protectively oriented, could find itself in dire straits if overwhelmed by 3 or 4 of the large adults monkeys.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 9:53 am

Do a Google/News search on 'Bukit Timah monkeys' and you'll get some idea of the scope of the issue. It seems they have been culling them and the issue has in parallel reduced.

I very much doubt that people up that way find themselves at the complete mercy of this problem. SGn authorities don't tend to tolerate nature that encroaches upon the citizenry. (x-ref: the culling of Asian koals, crows, and so on).
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Postby Barnsley » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:05 am

Luigi H wrote:I am considering moving to a house that borders with Bukit Timah Natural Reserve. Last night someone told me that this area could be infested with monkeys and that they (these monkeys) could enter the house. I really like the place and wanted to get your opinion on Monkeys & living in that area. PS. I do have a big dog (a Weimaraner) and he is very protective of the house. Just I am not sure how aggressive these monkeys could be. Many thanks for your response. Cheers, Luigi


Dont worry , all the trees on the Island will be gone soon , and slowly but surely all wildlife will be eradicated so we can all enjoy Singapore in blissful peace without any of this nature business to infringe upon our lives. :D
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Postby x9200 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:10 am

Luigi H wrote:I am considering moving to a house that borders with Bukit Timah Natural Reserve. Last night someone told me that this area could be infested with monkeys and that they (these monkeys) could enter the house. I really like the place and wanted to get your opinion on Monkeys & living in that area. PS. I do have a big dog (a Weimaraner) and he is very protective of the house. Just I am not sure how aggressive these monkeys could be. Many thanks for your response. Cheers, Luigi

I had a colleague who lived in a semi-d off the Hindhede Rd and he mentioned monkeys coming and stealing bananas from his yard. On the other hand he did not mention any more serious encounters or troubles and he was with a family with two toddlers so I believe if there was any seriuos risk he would not settle down there.

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Re: Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:15 am

Barnsley wrote: Dont worry , all the trees on the Island will be gone soon , and slowly but surely all wildlife will be eradicated so we can all enjoy Singapore in blissful peace without any of this nature business to infringe upon our lives. :D


...Then they'll build a heritage wildlife attraction down on the Sentosa, where for an 'early-bird' $88 a family can go and observe a few manicured trees and coiffed monkeys (from behind bullet-proof glass), 'just like in days gone by'.

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Postby Barnsley » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:22 am

JR8 wrote:
Barnsley wrote: Dont worry , all the trees on the Island will be gone soon , and slowly but surely all wildlife will be eradicated so we can all enjoy Singapore in blissful peace without any of this nature business to infringe upon our lives. :D


...Then they'll build a heritage wildlife attraction down on the Sentosa, where for an 'early-bird' $88 a family can go and observe a few manicured trees and coiffed monkeys (from behind bullet-proof glass), 'just like in days gone by'.

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=D> =D> =D>
Are you a consultant for STB (Singapore Tourist Board) ???

I can see this happening , Asia's first integrated tourist/wildlife hub :D :D
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Postby nakatago » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:32 am

Barnsley wrote:Dont worry , all the trees on the Island will be gone soon , and slowly but surely all wildlife will be eradicated so we can all enjoy Singapore in blissful peace without any of this nature business to infringe upon our lives. :D



I wouldn't be surprised actually, if you said that with no tinge of sarcasm...



I read somewhere that Chinese (culturally) prefer new buildings and attractions over nature spots and historical architecture for tourism.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:55 am

Barnsley wrote: Are you a consultant for STB (Singapore Tourist Board) ???
I can see this happening , Asia's first integrated tourist/wildlife hub :D :D


I can see the ad...

Scene: a 5* timber cabin high up in a concrete tree.
[Him, dressed in a cheetah-print loincloth, preoccupied with making Tarzan poses in the mirror]
[Her, having just extracted a pregnancy tester from her own personal patch of jungle]

- Darling! [girly and excited]
- Yes darling? [Manfully gruff, still looking at himself in the mirror]
- Look! [pan to still warm medical device]. Soon we will have own little monkey to add to our happy troop!

[Outro: loved up couple on Sentosa cable-car, him smiling confidently in a freshly empowered head-of-household way. Her all soppy, looking down and stroking her belly]

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Re: Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby Primrose Hill » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:09 am

Sarcasm!!! that bad really? :shock:

Years ago, those bygone Victorian age (well, thats what my daughter will say), a good friend from home (being Ipoh) came to visit her daughter, we rented a car and drove up to the Lake District for a long weekend. We thought, long walks, nature etc etc.
We reached, checked - in at some B&B, took a short walk to stretch our legs. Her mom look around, turned her head, turned around 360C went hmmmm nice nice really nice, after breakfast tomorrow lets head to Oxford Street. :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Postby Barnsley » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:14 am

nakatago wrote:
Barnsley wrote:Dont worry , all the trees on the Island will be gone soon , and slowly but surely all wildlife will be eradicated so we can all enjoy Singapore in blissful peace without any of this nature business to infringe upon our lives. :D



I wouldn't be surprised actually, if you said that with no tinge of sarcasm...



I read somewhere that Chinese (culturally) prefer new buildings and attractions over nature spots and historical architecture for tourism.


No sarcasm .... Pasir Ris as an example , the deforestation in the time I have been here is massive .... The over manicured trees are now getting the full chop as well.

I do wonder what they will do when they have chopped everything down.

JR8 and his concrete trees may well be the truth.
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Postby Barnsley » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:16 am

Primrose Hill wrote:Sarcasm!!! that bad really? :shock:

Years ago, those bygone Victorian age (well, thats what my daughter will say), a good friend from home (being Ipoh) came to visit her daughter, we rented a car and drove up to the Lake District for a long weekend. We thought, long walks, nature etc etc.
We reached, checked - in at some B&B, took a short walk to stretch our legs. Her mom look around, turned her head, turned around 360C went hmmmm nice nice really nice, after breakfast tomorrow lets head to Oxford Street. :shock: :shock: :shock:


Once everything is glass and concrete .... then what!!

Everywhere will look the same , what a sad world it will be in the future.

The only places safe will be those considered "inhospitable" , maybe some of the extreme mountainous areas.
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Re: Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby x9200 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:30 am

It probably needs 1-2 generations only. If you never lived in a normal, old-fashion environment you will unlikely miss anything. It's happening already. Does the young urban based generation really have any inclination towards nature, I mean like going to the forest, tents by a lake etc?
Concrete jungle may be just what really suits them as long as they have their mobile phones, tv and wifi/gsm connections.

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Re: Living next to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve - Monkeys?

Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:02 pm

Primrose Hill wrote:Sarcasm!!! that bad really? :shock:


Sarcasm!? No, simply parody on an established theme! :)

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