Jatinegara, Jakarta: The price of baby long-tailed
macaques at the Jatinegara wildlife market, Jakarta, has jumped drastically,
reaching 300% compared to the price three years ago. Based on monitoring by the
Scorpion Indonesian Foundation at the same market 3 years ago, the price of
baby long-tailed macaques was IDR 400,000 per head, whereas when we visited the
market today, the price of these animals had jumped to IDR 1,200,000 per head.
When asked why the price had risen so drastically, the traders only said that they had to increase the price of the long-tailed due to the increase in their purchase price. Therefore, they are forced to increase prices in that market.
The long-tailed macaques on sale in the Jatinegara wildlife market come from several places on the islands of Java and Bali. Balinese long-tailed macaques have many are more expensive then the other long-tailed macaques coming from Java because of their slightly yellowish color. Baby long-tailed macaques from Bali are priced at IDR 1,500,000
Buyers prefer baby long-tailed macaques compared to juvenile or adult ones. Juvenile long-tailed macaques are sold for 600 thousand per head or half the price of baby macaques.
Baby long-tailed macaques traded at the Jatinegara market come from forests or from breeders. Babies that come from the nature are generally obtained by first killing their mothers.
Meanwhile, the price of a pig-tailed macaque is higher up to 200% compare to long-tailed macaque. i.e., IDR 2,400,000 per head.