MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BABOONS

Given that no other animal on earth (besides humans) drinks milk after being weaned, it is bizarre that 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…

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…

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.

Humans and Wild Animals- Peaceful Co-existence

Before our ancestors arrived, the Khoi-San co-existed with wild animals peacefully. Although much has changed today, the message that we are one species amongst all others, and not one species above all others, is relevant if we want to change the damaging path we are heading down…

Freedom – Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

A Glimpse into the Plight of The Persecuted Baboon and Monkey Populations in South Africa ABOVE – SOME OF THE SPECIES PERSECUTED IN SOUTH AFRICA DUE TO HUMAN/WILDLIFE CONFLICT: Comments on the Primate Populations in the Western Cape Karin Saks The following comments are based on my experience as someone who works towards co-existence between…

My Friends the Baboons

During the summer of 2006, I met a wild troop of baboons while carrying an orphaned baby baboon called Rhiannon around the property we rented in The Crags. Bud, the current alpha, had not joined this group yet and all I recall about the alpha male – at the time – was his apparent outrage…

Monkeys Raiding your Home – is it Always About Food?

More often than not, the phone calls I get from residents needing help with monkeys entering their homes, reveal a tragic pattern. The monkeys in question visit in pairs or alone, have no troop, and this sometimes continues for years. What this suggests is that monkey populations in this area are in big trouble. In…

Franco – A Sad Ending.

“They tried to make me go to rehab and I said no, no no!” “Can you take over my monkey?” I dread those words whenever I hear them from a person unable to cope any longer with the monkey they have nurtured as a house pet. Unable to turn away from these situations, knowing the…