What to do first page image small 300x186International researchers at the University of Cape Town’s Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (formally Baboon Research Unit) have been studying the Peninsula baboons for many years and believe the best way to keep baboons out of urban areas is to not give them any reason to enter urban environments. The less baboons enter urban areas, the less conflict there is between these animals and humans.

Baboons come into town to find easy food. They are intelligent animals and quickly learn that our rubbish bins contain high calorie food that is easy to find – far better than foraging for hours on the mountainside. When baboons are constantly around humans they lose their fear and become bolder, which translates into more and closer contact and a greater possibly of injury to people or baboons.


Those living on the urban edge are urged to exercise caution and assist the City of Cape Town by following basic management measures that will contribute towards keeping baboons out of town. Read more

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Dame Jane Goodall, primatologist

Waste management & recycling

Every resident living along the urban edge in a known baboon area has a responsibly to practice good waste management. Read more

Dogs and baboons

Dogs are domesticated and baboons are wild and unpredictable – they don’t make for natural playmates. Read more

Estate agents

Any estate agent who either rents out property or sells property where baboon troops are present has certain obligations to the buyer or lessee. Read more


Any new development located along the urban edge or within sensitive environmental areas requires careful planning to safeguard our environment and our biodiversity. Read more

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