Publicly available monthly reports are produced about the baboon management project. These contain data regarding urban inucrsions and out of town records of the baboon troops in Hermanus (Voelklip and Vogelgat Troops) and Pringle Bay (Pringle Bay Troop), as well as a breakdown of hotline calls for the month. 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 2021. January is the peak of summer and as expected much fruit became ripe during this time. Voelklip suburb is well know for plentiful fruit trees especially figs. As experienced last year, fruiting trees provided a major attractant to baboons and consequently an increased time in town by baboons was observed.
Time out of town for the Voëlklip Troop decreased from 100% in December to 98.5% in January. Time out of town for individuals decreased slightly from 92.8% in December to 92.5% in January. The troop slept in the central and eastern sleep sites and made use of the western sleepsites on a single occasion. A new male joined the troop on 17 January.
For the fifth consecutive month, the Vogelgat Troop spent 100% of its time out of town. This troop continued to spend much of its time within the Vogelgat and Maanschynkop Nature reserves, but a noted increase in attempts to approach the urban area was observed, especially towards the end of the month.
The Pringle Bay Troop spent 100% time out of town this month, while time out of town for individuals increased to 100%. No urban incursions were recorded for the troop in January. Only two non-urban incursions were recorded for individual baboons this month in comparison to seven last month. The troop roosted and foraged exclusively in the northern part of their home range and no interactions were recorded with neighbouring troops.
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.
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