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The Baboon Project

Baboons in the Table Mountain National Park become short of food in the winter months. Sub adult males get displaced from their troops and end up foraging for food in the suburbs of Cape Town.

 
 
Project Detail

Back to Africa assists by offering veterinary assistance to injured baboons and with immobilization and relocation of problem animals.

As part of Back to Africa’s assistance to conservation in Africa we assist the University of Cape Town's Baboon research unit. The conflict between baboons and humans on the Cape Peninsula is a reality that affects many residents. This has understandably resulted in conflict and intolerance. The only way for us to understand the issues at hand and to find ways of dealing with them is to study them enabling us to formulate management strategies that will prevent the human baboon conflict.

Many of us forget that we live in an area bordered by a national park. It is our responsibility to learn how to preserve our special biodiversity and baboons are very much part of this.

Ironically the baboon troops of the Cape Peninsula are the only protected population of this species in Southern Africa. Despite their unique status, their numbers are declining and the population is now in real trouble. Effective reduction of conflict levels between baboons and humans and the survival of this threatened baboon population, is dependent on the implementation of informed baboon management plans. Research is the only answer to prevent conflict and to allow us to enjoy the presence of these special animals in our environment.

Much needed funds are required to fit baboons with satellite collars. Money is also needed to provide the necessary veterinary care to expedite this and to treat injured animals that are the victim of the human animal interface.

Back to Africa intends sourcing the collars, immobilizing baboons to fit the collars and will use our experience gained from our sable tracking to assist with the telemetry.

 

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