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…

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…

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.

Communication – The Eye Brow Lift

Depending on the context, the eye brow lift (illustrated here by Alpha males, No Hands and Bud generally represents a relatively mild warning. In this case, No Hands is warning the photographer not to point a camera at him while Bud is warning a human bystander not to get close to his babies. The eyebrow…

Farmers vs Wildlife – The Crags

The Crags is an agricultural area bordering the Tsitsikamma National Park. There are no fences preventing wildlife from wandering on to agricultural land where they are vulnerable to dying tortuous deaths in poachers traps, being shot by local farmers and residents or being electrocuted on pylons.Wild primates are attracted by compost heaps, garbage, vegetable gardens,…

Following the Flight of The Bird:

Two orphaned baby baboons undergoing rehabilitation enjoying their time spent in the wilderness at the gorge: (photo: Lynette Johnson) The spirit of man is nomad, his blood bedouin, and love is the aboriginal tracker on the faded desert spoor of his lost self; and so I came to live my life not by conscious plan…