The con in conservation – South African legislation.

To those looking for a way to prevent monkeys or baboons from being shot, please contact your local NSPCA and police station to help.   WESTERN CAPE 2015: The con in conservation. During my seventeen years working with wild primates, one nagging concern remained consistent: our nature conservation authorities appeared to be on the wrong…

OLD AFRICA AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Once upon a time in Africa, people understood that us humans are not above all other animals but equal to them. And so the time has come for us to reflect on the past, present and look deeply to find a solution to the damage we have caused. Credo Mutwa is an extraordinary South African…

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…

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…

Living With Our Wild Neighbors

Living With Baboons Before our ancestors established farms in the Western Cape, the respectful Khoi-San co-existed peacefully with wild animals.

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…