But the campaign may not be enough to quell their numbers and the department has a long-term plan to build a sanctuary in another part of the city.
But that will likely be met with resistance from the human residents.
“We need to do a survey of the people living in the area first,” said Narongporn Daudduem from the wildlife department.
“It’s like dumping garbage in front of their houses and asking them if they’re happy or not.”
Taweesak Srisaguan, the shop owner in Lopburi who uses stuffed animals as a deterrent to the unwanted monkey visitors, says that despite his daily joust with the creatures, he will miss them if they are moved.
“I’m used to seeing them walking around, playing on the street,” he says.
“If they’re all gone, I’d definitely be lonely.”
by Stéphane DELFOUR and Pitcha DANGPRASITH
PHOTOS BY MLADEN ANTONOV/afp