As urban development encroaches on the natural habitats of our country’s wildlife, conflict between wildlife and humans could become more frequent. The chacma baboon is common in South Africa – an intelligent primate who quickly learns to associate man with the important resource of food. When baboons and humans come into contact, conflict situations often arise. In order to prevent conflict, baboons must be kept out of urban areas.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. – Charles Darwin
In 2012 Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS) was awarded a contract from the City of Cape Town to manage baboons on the Peninsula. The contract ended in 2014 and a new three-year contract came into effect in July 2014. The aim of the Baboon Management Programme is to keep baboons away from the urban edge to reduce human-wildlife conflict – not only to protect residents, but also for the conservation of the babooons.
Baboon rangers manage 10 of the 16 Peninsula troops and have permits to use various tools to keep baboons out of urban areas. Protocols for the use of tools, as well as for managing baboons who have become habitual raiders, are strictly followed. Residents can assist Human Wildlife Solutions by properly securing their waste and baboon-proofing their properties.
The management of baboons on the Cape Peninsula has made enormous strides in the last few years and baboon management has been successfully achieved and stabilised. Read more
Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS) produces monthly reports containing relevant data and information gleaned from the HWS rangers and field managers and Baboon Hotline records. Read more
Baboon rangers are employed to ensure that baboons in the 10 managed troops are effectively kept out of suburbs that lie on the fringes of each troop’s range. Read more
- Tags, Collars & Tools
Various methods and tools are utilised for managing baboons on the Peninsula. Read more
Certain protocols must be followed when using paintball markers to manage baboons and for managing raiding baboons and dispersing males. Read more
- Population Statistics
As a result of scientific baboon management, the Peninsula baboon population is steadily rising. Read more
Conflict between residents and baboons has escalated in Knysna over recent years. Read more
- Knysna Baboon Action Group
The Knysna Baboon Action Group (KBAG) was formed to evaluate baboon management options and ensure that appropriate action is taken as a matter of urgency. Read more
- Pezula Estate
Baboon conflict at Pezula Estate is brought under control by the implementation of a successful Baboon Management Programme. Read more