Deer in town in Japan, monkey fights in Thailand … Wildlife is also affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
In Nara, Japan, sika deer are an important tourist attraction. Thousands of tourists usually queue to feed them and take a photo with them. But since the health crisis linked to the coronavirus and the travel restrictions imposed by the Japanese government, the park has emptied. The deer then came to venture into the surrounding towns to find food.
A similar situation is unfolding in the city of Lopburi, in Thailand. While Thai authorities expect a drop in attendance of at least 6 million tourists this year, the monkeys at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple, used to being fed by tourists, were left alone. Clashes erupted between hordes of monkeys searching for food in the city.
In Asia, feeding wildlife is a very popular tourist attraction that provides tourists with close contact with animals. Several NGOs and scientists denounce the harmful impact that these practices can have on wildlife and tourists.