Protect the Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus pygerythrus)

An unspeakable act of cruelty made its way onto social media in November, 2018 bringing attention to the killing of vervet monkeys (impaled on a steel fence) by a well known wildlife collector in Hartebeespoort Dam, North West Province, South Africa.
Considering that there are numerous non-lethal methods available to deter monkeys from human properties, and that shooting monkeys has failed again and again to stop raiding, one can only surmise as to why someone would resort to such psychologically unhealthy, cruel behavior.

Misconceptions about Baboons

Given that no other animal on earth (besides humans) drinks milk after being weaned, it is confusing when farmers complain of baboons stealing milk from dairy cows. More and more humans are accepting that milk is an unnatural food source that is often the cause of allergies. Why would a wild primate want milk from…

Baboons and Conservation

This info has been taken from the following site: http://www.imfene.org/baboons-and-dogs Baboons and Dogs When baboons live near humans, they naturally come into regular contact with the pets of humans, including dogs. Sometimes interactions between baboons and dogs turn nasty and one of the animals involved – dog or baboon – ends up getting hurt. Contrary to…

Africa – Misunderstanding Wild Baboons

A Researcher working in Uganda contacted me some time ago to ask if I could help her understand what was happening to the villagers in her area who had reported that the women were being “sexually harassed” by a troop of baboons. These “attacks” occurred when the women headed towards the river to do their…

Monkey Mayhem

Photo: Emma Rose A transient male – who had his whole hand ripped off by another male – making his way into an urban troop in Umhlanga Rocks. Transient males suffer abnormal, serious injuries when competing for resources in areas where their natural habitat has been encroached on by human development. These monkeys have no…

What to do in Urban Monkey Land

“We see things as they are, not as we are”; an Anais Nin quote that knocks on the door of my mind repeatedly when I am in the company of wild monkeys or baboons. Observing these related primates close-up raises questions about the human-wildlife relationship that cannot be avoided. Since moving to Kwa-Zulu-Natal, this has…

Different Shades of Rogue…

We each have an idea of what a “rogue male” is. Around wilder areas in South Africa, the ‘rogue male” is a mythical old, male baboon who has been kicked out of his troop, left to fend for himself, become somewhat grumpy and has developed a burning need to get revenge for all of this…

Harmonious Co-existence between Humans and Baboons/Monkeys

We’ve altered their lives drastically by encroaching on their territory. We’ve destroyed habitats and have severely damaged troop structures.

This presentation is for residents who would like to co-exist peacefully with the baboons and/or monkeys around their homes.