2020 had been a rather difficult year to follow many of the troops due to the nearly year-long travel lock-down, and still in place as we speak from the corona virus pandemic. The easily accessible Monkey Hill has seen at least a 20-fold increase in visitor numbers all of a sudden, it was like most locals have suddenly discovered they have monkeys in their own very backyard ! And the accompanied feeding had been so uncontrolled and widespread that many bigger troops from neighbouring country parks have all been attracted to come to Monkey Hill to vie for the control of a section of Golden Hill Road. Small troops like Ragtag has been crowded out in the competition and instead of bumping into them every 2 weeks or so, sometimes they would be gone for several weeks before I could catch a glimpse of some of their members, and only briefly so too. Footage has been hard to come by as a result and most of the time it is too short to be meaningful 😔 except for those mothers who are related to our gang through Taggy as they come tagging along our gang for the first few months during the birthing season every year with their newborns.
Even bigger troops like our gang have found it difficult to keep their foothold along Golden Hill Road !