The popular Garden Route town of Knysna is a mix of unspoilt wild spaces and expanding urban development.

Conflict between residents and baboons has escalated in the town over recent years.

As urbanisation impacts on the habitats of wildlife, baboon troops move closer to the urban edge to find food and conflict between humans and baboons increases. Baboons are intelligent and quickly learn to associate humans with easy ‘pickings’, often becoming more brazen and aggressive in their quest to obtain our highly calorific food.

Four baboon troops are found in East Knysna, about 150 individuals, while two troops, 45 individuals, make their home in West Knysna. Authorities are responsible for the safety of baboons, tourists and residents who meet on the edge of development. The Knysna Baboon Management Forum was established in June 2013 and comprises CapeNature, SANParks, the Knysna Baboon Action Group, Knysna Municipality, Pezula, Simola and other stakeholders.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. –Sir John Lubbock, vice chancellor, University of London.

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

The escalating baboon conflict at Pezula Estate is brought under control by the implementation of a successful Baboon Management Programme. Read more


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