Baboon Liaison Group (BLG)
Co-operation with residents regarding baboon issues has also been achieved through the election of local representatives to the Baboon Liaison Group (BLG). A wide range of City of Cape Town residents are elected to the BLG which is currently made up of representatives from the Constantia Property Owners Association, Constantia Hills Residents Association, Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association, Scarborough Residents and Ratepayers Association, Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association, Misty Cliffs Village Association, Ocean View Civic Association, Tokai Residents Association, Zwaanswyk Residents Association and the Simon’s Town Civic Association.
The BLG meets with the BTT to discuss a range of issues related to protecting baboons from retribution by residents – including injuries from pellet guns, poisons, dogs and vehicles. The object of these meetings is to share knowledge collected from various organisations and communicated that each person represents and to find way of utilising the information to improve baboon management on the Peninsula. The aim of both the BTT and BLG is to maintain a sustainable baboon population that lives in the natural areas. The BLG wants to ensure that all Peninsula baboons are managed in a sustainable, humane manner by the relevant authorities.
The Cape Peninsula Baboon Research Unit is a collection of scientists focusing their research on baboons of the Cape Peninsula and surrounding areas. This research encompasses various aspects of baboon biology, including ecology, behaviour, genetics and evolution. Much of this research focuses on comparing the Cape Peninsula population to other baboon populations and studying the relationship between the Peninsula baboons and their human neighbours. Current research topics include ranging patterns, habitat use, effect of human habitation on baboon behaviour and ecology, parasite transmission between baboons and humans, population genetics, and male and female reproductive strategies.
The BRU contributed a stream of Masters and PhD studies on baboon population studies, food, the provision of water, predation, raiding and even resident’s feelings regarding raiding baboons. Using this scientific information, various protocols were put in place to assist in the management of baboons on the Peninsula.
Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. A registered non-profit organisation and Public Benefit Organisation, the society receives no government funding and relies on the support of concerned individuals and corporates to continue operating. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA provides welfare and advisory services to the BTT.
Knysna Baboon Management Forum
The Forum was established in June 2013 and comprises various stakeholders, including SANParks and CapeNature.
The Knysna 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. Among others, KBAG will work to ensure that effective waste management practices are followed and support an awareness campaign among property owners concerning proper baboon management practices.
The Knysna Municipality will lead the implementation of a Baboon Monitoring Programme similar to those of the other impacted municipalities in the Western Cape. They will also ensure effective waste management but making all municipal bins baboon-proof and providing signage at key locations warning residents and visitors not to feed baboons.