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 Coexistence

INTER-SPECIES RELATIONSHIPS: Two of Claire Hamilton’s images taken at Monkeyland in The Crags, Western Cape, South Africa .

Bud Alpha Male – Missing In Action Dec 2013

14 Dec, 2013: I’ve been following the wild baboon troop – not only have six males gone MIA or been shot since June, but I have yet to find all the pink faced infants that were in the troop a month ago. The new male who moved into the troop would had no competitive males…

Re-directed Aggression – The Primate Way

TAU – THE SURVIVOR: A young baboon of 3 years old has been confirmed to be shot by a high calibre fire arm after being treated by local vet Magdalena Braum of Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre. The bullet entered from the back of the shoulder, shattered the bone, then entered and exited his…

Cross-Species Relationships – Darwin Primate Group

The Harmonious Relationship Between Dogs, Chickens, Rehabilitated orphaned monkeys and Wild Baboons. For seven years, these wild baboons did not ever attempt to harm a chicken, free-roaming rescue monkey, cat or dog at the Darwin Primate Group. (The huskies in this video were rescued to save them from being euthanased by their people, and due…

Obstacles to the Rehabilitation of Vervet Monkeys and Baboons

Posted on April 28, 2013 OBSTACLES TO THE REHABILITATION OF VERVET MONKEYS AND CHACMA BABOONS BACK INTO THE WILD:– Popular misconceptions about the baboon and monkey that are perpetuated by inadequate and contradictory legislation.- Ambiguous messages conveyed to the public due to loopholes in legislation. – Policy that does not allow these species to be…

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…