Caring for the monkeys

Dipu Malakar | Update:

Monkeys have been living quite happily with people of Gandaria, Dhaka, for years. The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has been providing food for about 200 monkeys there. These are the rhesus macaque species. The daily food budget is Tk 1,600 for these monkeys living in three locations. The food includes cucumbers, carrots, bananas, peanuts and biscuits. The love and care the people have for the monkeys is a great protection for these primates. Prothom Alo's Dipu Malakar captured the monkeys on camera on 23 May 2019.

 Photo : Dipu MalakarJurain graveyard’s worker Md. Harun brings food for the monkeys every morning.
Photo : Dipu MalakarMonkeys are happy seeing Harun.
Photo : Dipu MalakarMonkeys love peanuts.
Photo : Dipu MalakarMonkeys clamber around the branches.
Photo : Dipu MalakarTwo monkeys fight over a cucumber.
Photo : Dipu MalakarA monkey takes food from Harun.
Photo : Dipu MalakarA visitor feeds the monkeys.
Photo : Dipu MalakarHarun feeds the monkeys.
Photo : Dipu MalakarA monkey drinks water from a puddle.

Photo : Dipu MalakarMonkeys huddle together on the premises of Sadhana Aushadhalaya, an Ayurveda drugstore, along Dinanath Sen Road at Gandaria, Dhaka. The founder of the store, Jogesh Chandra Ghosh spared a room in his factory for the monkeys and arranged for their sustenance too. This place is still considered as a safe haven for the primates.


*This piece has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.

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