Help us keep our Baboons Safe and Wild

Chacma baboons form part of the Cape Peninsula’s rich biodiversity and are protected under conservation law. When visiting natural areas and nature reserves in the region please adhere to guidelines when encountering these animals. Please respect that baboons are wild and unpredictable creatures with a set of canines that are bigger than a lion’s in comparison to body weight and size.

Encountering Baboons

  • When encountering baboons on the road, slow down. Lock all doors and keep windows and sun roofs closed. Baboons are highly intelligent and have learned to open doors. They may also enter a car through the windows to snatch food! Enjoy the baboons from the safety of the vehicle.
  • Pack bags and food items in the boot of the vehicle (trunk) or under the seats. Food should never be visible through the windows.
  • Stay in your vehicle! At all costs, avoid close contact with the baboons.

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What NOT to do

  • Don’t feed baboons. Feeding baboons is punishable by law! The baboon may become aggressive in its efforts to get more food from you. Feeding baboons also teaches bad habits that will ultimately lead to its death (euthanasia).
  • Do not get out of the vehicle when there are signs that baboons are in the vicinity – at times red feather banners will be placed to indicate their presence.
  • Do not throw items out of vehicle windows.
  • If a baboon steals your bag, never chase the baboon or try to grab it back. The baboon will search the bag, take what it wants (which is food) and leave the rest. When the baboon moves away, you can retrieve your bag.
  • Avoid interaction with baboons. Never try to touch a baboon – you cannot predict how it will react.
  • Do not interfere with the work of the Peninsula’s baboon rangers. Their job is to keep the baboons outside the urban edge and prevent raids in town.

Visiting Camping or Picnic Sites

  • Watch out for baboons when picnicking. If they are in the vicinity, pack up and leave the area.
  • Only place waste in a baboon-proof waste bin. If one isn’t available or too full, take your waste home with you. Baboons raid dustbins and become habituated to human food.
  • When camping, store your food in a lockable trunk and camping fridge. Remember, baboons are intelligent and some may be able to unzip or unclip items. Food in your tent is not secure!

Signage

Please take note of and adhere to signage posted along various routes on the Peninsula. Your co-operation is in the interest of the baboons and for your own safely!

Anyone caught feeding baboons may face a fine of up to R10,000 and/or two years imprisonment.

 

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