Publicly available monthly reports are produced about the baboon management project. These contain raiding activity and out of town records of the Cape Peninsula baboons, as well as a breakdown of hotline calls for the month, and updated monthly population figures of each troop. In addition to this, monthly, seasonal and daily trends of baboon behaviour are reported on.
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This monthly report covers the period from 1 to 31 January 2020. This month was characterized by one major event. This was the migration by the Slangkop Troop onto Slangkop Mountain on 13 January. The Slangkop Troop has not foraged there for any extended period of time for at least 5 years. The mountain can therefore provide a rich source of natural fynbos for this troop. The one major drawback, however, is that the mountain has a very steep and rugged slope all along its northern boundary which leads directly into Kommetjie. It is therefore extremely difficult for rangers to stop baboons from running into Kommetjie whenever they get near to town.
A second drawback, is that because the baboons have not been in Kommetjie for so long, virtually all the townsfolk and businesses have totally neglected their need to be baboon aware. There are virtually no baboon proof bins, garbage is left out in plastic bags, doors and windows to houses are being left open, and most compost heaps and vegetable gardens are completely unprotected. Kommetjie therefore represents a baboon paradise. As a result of this, and extensive raiding led by a few individuals in Da Gama, the average time out of town (98.6%) for all troops is lower this month than it has been for many years.
Baboon Rangers are provided for events, functions and film shoots that are held in areas that baboons may frequent. The Rangers provide security and peace of mind for the people attending the function so that they can enjoy themselves without being harassed.
HWS is the only service provider in Cape Town that holds the required CapeNature permit that allows the use of aversive techniques in the management of baboons. To request a quote please complete the enquiry form or contact us.
Information and Advice
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