STATUS OF OUR PRIMATES

TBoth the Vervet Monkey and the Chacma Baboon fall under Appendix 2 of CITES, indicating their potential for becoming extinct if the path of destruction that continues to plague these species, is not halted.

In spite of this classification, these two primate species are not monitored officially in South Africa except in the Cape Peninsula where numbers have dropped so low they are considered critically endangered.

Here, development has blocked off these troops magnifying the escalating conflict between humans and baboons.

There is an urgent need for vervet and baboon populations to be monitored to assess their present condition. Outdated information about populations is commonly used to justify their persecution.

In the Western Cape, these primates are presently persecuted with the backing of a piece of legislation called the Hunting Proclamation.

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