Another baboon shot in Da Gama Park

It is inconceivable that yet another  juvenile baboon was shot with a pellet gun at the naval flats in Da Gama Park on 14 February 2016.Three baboons have been killed on naval property since July 2015.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA wildlife manager, Megan Reid, together with HWS rangers will assist  in putting a docket together for submission to the Simonstown Police Station for prosecution under the Animal Protection Act (Act 71 of 1962).

Baboon field managers are currently collecting as much evidence as possible and  HWS will follow the same processes as were done with the two pellet shootings in Scarborough during December, 2015. The alleged Scarborough shooter is due to appear in the Simonstown Magistrate’s Court on 23 February, 2016.

Please protest against this cruelty by voicing your concerns using social media and spread the word amongst your friends.

DSCF1016Three innocent juveniles just doing what baboons do.

Death of two juvenile baboons -Simon’s Town Troops

Just enjoying life

Just enjoying life

Two  juvenile baboons,one from the Da Gama Park troop and one from the Waterfall troop have died during July,2015. The Da Gama juvenile was shot through the heart with a pellet gun in the naval residential area of Da Gama Park. Cape Nature carried out an investigation but without evidence and witnesses the case could not be taken forward for prosecution.

The Waterfall juvenile was reported injured at the S A Naval Ammunition Depot (SANAD) . After medical examination the baboon was euthanased due to the severity of its injuries. The examination indicated that the injuries were consistent with human abuse. Requests to SANAD for an investigation of this case are awaiting a response,but every effort will be made to establish the facts of this incident.

It is illegal to hurt, harm or kill a baboon in terms of the law and such actions can result in prosecution and the payment of stiff fines. 

Communities are requested to report any abuse of baboons or feeding of baboons to the Baboon Hotline 071 588 6540.

If you want to know more about baboons view the baboon website:

Baboon Liaison Group,Greater Simon’s Town

Cape Fire Update – Baboons

Below is a Situation Report from the Baboon Management Authorities

Baboon Technical Team  BTT)  Situation Report – Tokai Troop Monday 9 MARCH, 2015 @ 16h00

Managed troops

Over 60 baboon rangers from City of Cape Town’s service provider, Human Wildlife Solutions, are responsible for ten managed troops, divided into three management regions.

* South-eastern region:  Smitswinkel Troop, Waterfall Troop & Da Gama Troops

* South-western region: Groot Olifantsbos Troop, Misty Cliffs Troop & Slangkop Troop

*Northern region:  Tokai Troop, Zwaanswyk Troop, Mountain Troop and Constantia Troop

The baboons in the South East Region and South West Region are unaffected by the fires at this stage.

Tokai Troop

The Baboon Technical Team (BTT) regrets to confirm, that a total of nine baboons in the Tokai Troop have now died, on account of injuries sustained in last week’s fire.

The final tally of dead and recovering fire-injured baboons in the Tokai Troop, as @ Monday March 9 @ 14h00, is as follows:

* Four critically injured baboons have been euthanased

* Four dead baboons found as charred carcasses.

* One critically injured infant – assumed to be dead

* Seven injured baboons continue to be assessed.

The Tokai troop is now confirmed to have 64 baboons in the troop – down from 73.

Foraging for the Northern Region baboon troops

Images of baboons surveying moonscapes of burnt sand, released late last week, resulted in an outpouring of emotion from concerned residents over the weekend.

Baboon rangers, BTT members, veterinarians and animal welfare experts are all evaluating the situation, on a daily basis.  The assessment is that there appears to be adequate food in the forests and plenty of water in running streams, for all four Northern Troops.

Dr Phil Richardson from Human Wildlife Solutions notes the following:

* Pine trees across the Tokai Forest went into shock after the fires and have dropped cones filled with pine nuts across the forest floor. So there are seeds and nuts that the baboons are picking up beneath the burnt trees.

* There are also hundreds of dead and burnt lizards, mice and insects across the mountain slopes to provide protein for the baboons.

Plea to residents NOT to feed the baboons

It is absolutely critical that residents do NOT start to randomly feed baboons in their gardens or along the road with vegetables, fruits or ANY food associated with a human home. This will just encourage baboons to start raiding homes again.

The baboons are being carefully watched.   There is a Provisioning Baboon Protocol and any feeding, if it becomes necessary, will follow international best practice as laid out under this protocol.

If additional provisioning is required, the baboons will be fed surreptitiously, in such a way, that they do not realise they are being fed.  To this end, baboon rangers will just sprinkle seeds or mealie pips in baboon foraging areas.

It is vitally important to encourage the baboons to continue foraging out of town.

Rejuvenation of the forests

Research has shown that the fires stimulate plant growth and as soon as the first rains arrive, bulbs will be easier to find and the foraging may be even better than it was before the fires.

Where are the four Northern Troops?

At noon this morning (Monday 9 March), the troops were in the following locations:

* Tokai Troop:  Foraging up at Level 5 in the Tokai Forests.

* Zwaanswyk Troop: Foraging up at Level 4 in the Tokai Forests.

* Mountain Troop:  Just above Buitenverwachting Wine Estate.

* Constantia Troop:  Just above Groot Constantia Wine Estate.

Posted by the Baboon Liaison Group

Water for our wildlife

A very environmentally wise farmer placed these water troughs in the mountain on his property  in Springbok and piped water to them. Why did he do this? It was done to provide baboons with water and so discourage them from coming down to the farm. A wise man indeed and a good compromise between man and beast.

It seems to have worked as you will see from the camera trap photos below that the baboons are having a whale of a time at the troughs.

Photos courtesy of the Barnes family.

Care for your wildlife!



Do hurry up. I have been in the queue for ages.

Do hurry up. I have been in the queue for ages.

The last drop!

The last drop!


Water for the big fella.

Water for the big fella.

Baboon Management: Contract Renewal

Dear Residents,

The baboon management contract, currently held by Human Wildlife Solutions, is due to expire at the end of July 2014. The tender process is in progress to appoint a service provider but time is running short and up to now we have heard no word from the baboon authorities.

All of us want to be assured that there will be a team in place come 1 August 2014 to ensure that the baboons are kept under control and we do not revert to a state of human-baboon conflict as in the past.

The  Baboon Liaison Group (BLG) ,therefore, emailed the City raising their concerns on behalf of our communities and has received a response from Osman Asmal, Director, Environmental Resource Management Department.

Mr Asmal in his response stated : “Thank you for sharing your concerns with the City. The various concerns you express below have been considered as part of the process to date.

 This process, to have the baboon management tender contract awarded, is well underway and a decision on the matter will be finalised and communicated after the 22 July.

Until the new tender is awarded, provision is being made to have the existing tender extended so that there is no disruption in services on the ground”.

The BLG will inform communities as soon as we hear from the City after 22 July 2014.

Lorraine Holloway
Baboon Liaison Group,Greater Simon’s Town
Cell:083 208 5089



Breakthrough in Da Gama

We are delighted to report that for the first time the entire Da Gama Troop (Big and Small) slept on a rocky cliff just behind the Naval Flats.  Rangers spent months trying to teach them to sleep there and yesterday evening they decided by themselves to stay there. Rangers spent some time looking for them in the morning and then it was a wonderful discovery to find them at the cliffs.