The overall management of baboon troops on the Cape Peninsula is a joint undertaking by the City of Cape Town, South African National Parks(SANParks), SA Navy and CapeNature who are collectively known as the Baboon Technical Team (BTT).
A contract for the management of the Peninsula baboon troops was rewarded to Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS) in July 2014. The company previously held the contract for 2012 to 2014. Baboon rangers manage 10 of the 16 Peninsula troops.
Baboon Technical Team (BTT)
The BTT routinely consults with locally and internationally recognised experts in baboon behavioural ecology and conservation to ensure that their management decisions are informed by the latest research. The BTT believes that to keep baboons out of urban areas is the ultimate solution to reduce conflict between human and baboons, thereby ensuring a sustainable baboon population on the Peninsula. The BTT endorse all policing and law enforcement of all national, provincial and local laws relating to the protection of wild animals.
City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town is committed to a maintaining a sustainable baboon population on the Cape Peninsula,
but is also responsible for the safety of residents and visitors. The Baboon Management Programme remains an important City of Cape Town initiative, which is undertaken for the benefit of all residents living in, or visitors moving through, baboon-affected areas in the southern Cape Peninsula.
The Baboon Management Programme has transformed the lives of residents and communities in baboon-affected areas. The aim of baboon management is to prevent human-wildlife conflict by keep baboons away from the urban edge and out of town. This not only ensures the safety of residents but also the conservation, health and welfare of the baboons.
Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS)
Human Wildlife Solutions is the service provider to the City of Cape Town for baboon management on the Cape Peninsula. The company, situated in Hout Bay, is managed by Dr Philip Richardson, a behavioural ecology specialist. The company’s mission is to preserve biodiversity by providing innovative, non-invasive and sustainable solutions to resolve conflict situations between humans and wildlife.
CapeNature is a public institution responsible for biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape. The term ‘biodiversity’ refers to all kinds of life around us – from the largest animal to the smallest plants. South Africa’s biodiversity is of the highest in the world! With over 240 mammal species, 700 species of birds, about 500 species of reptiles and amphibians, there is much to conserve. As part of their Wildlife Management Programme (WAP), CapeNature works with other management teams to manage baboons in the Western Cape.
South African National Parks, (SANParks), manages a system of parks which represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of the country. Six Peninsula baboon troops are found in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park and are managed by SANParks.
Simon’s Town is home to the SA Navy. The role of the Navy is to defend the Republic of South Africa by maintaining and providing prepared and supported maritime combat forces, services and facilities. Residents of the Navy barracks are being educated to baboon-proof their waste to prevent baboons from raiding dustbins outside the residences.