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FWC On Alert For A Monkey In Apopka

Credit: C. Jane Anderson, University of Florida, 2015
Credit: C. Jane Anderson, University of Florida, 2015

If you see a monkey in the Apopka area do not approach or feed it. That’s the advice of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It got a report of a rhesus macaque sighting. These are medium-sized monkeys, native to Asia.

FWC spokesman Greg Workman said anyone who sees this monkey should call the agency’s Exotic Species Hotline: 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681).

“We can’t re-release it, we can’t just give it to someone unless they’re licensed and have the proper caging requirements, so if there’s not a facility that would take it, then it would probably be euthanized," said Workman.

He said the monkey likely stems from a band of monkeys released at Silver Springs State Park in the 1930sUniversity of Florida research says this was done as part of an effort to boost tourism.

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