Baboon Matters Trust - baboon conservation in South Africa


For more than 25 years Baboon Matters has been at the forefront of baboon conservation  – in the face of ever-increasing urbanization and intensive agriculture, and the resulting escalation in baboon/human conflict.

“Baboons could not, surely, have a more passionate advocate. Baboon Matters is doing so much to help both baboons and people.”

 – Jane Goodall

Throughout South Africa baboons are in crisis.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that their numbers are declining – the result of their low conservation status, and a society which sees them as problematic and expendable.  Many thousands are killed around the country each year under cruel and inhumane conditions.

Will you help us create awareness for their plight and put your  #HandsUp4baboons?

In a funding environment where baboons are not considered a conservation priority, Baboon Matters relies purely on the support of the public to carry out its work.


In a funding environment where baboons are not considered a conservation priority,

Baboon Matters relies purely on the support of the public to carry out its work.



We cannot continue advocating for the ethical treatment of baboons around the country without financial support.

Your once-off or monthly contribution, or bequest in your will, can aid our fight for a future for baboons in South Africa.

Please consider supporting us.

Add Baboon Matters Trust as a Charity Beneficiary on your existing MySchool card, or join the program. Because every swipe counts and every cent helps!


Baboon Defenders are a commited group of supporters who stand with us as a voice for baboons. All we ask is that you do what you can, when you can.

On occasion we may ask for your help – whatever it is, it will be what is truly needed, right when it’s needed most!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the baboon-friendly people at Ayama Wines, who are generously donating R30 from the sale of each bottle of wine in their premium Baboon range to Baboon Matters.

Wine may be ordered directly from Ayama.  This is a real win-win:  Support Baboon Matters and enjoy some award-winning wine at the same time!

What to do - there are baboons in my home!

What to do if a baboon enters your home?

Stay calm!  He will not hurt you unless he feels threatened or cornered.

Make sure he has an exit route like an open window or door.

If you have dogs, lock them out of the way.

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What to do - there are baboons in my home!

About Walking Tours

Although a change in policy by the City of Cape Town resulted in our Walking Tours with Baboons being stopped in 2011, we still get regular requests for these tours.  Our Walks were incredibly popular, and many hundreds of people developed a deeper appreciation for baboons as a result, but we are unfortunately not allowed to offer them anymore.

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Happy Heritage Day friends! Baboons have been part of our natural heritage in South Africa for more than a million years. Did you know that early Bushmen believed baboons were sacred and that they shared similar power to shamans? The dotted lines in this painting of ancient cave art depicts shamanic lines. ... See MoreSee Less

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We'll be meeting some of these conservation heroes next week when we head off on a road trip of epic proportions deep into the Northern Cape, to see if we can help subsistence farmers who are having unprecedented baboon problems due to the drought ... See MoreSee Less

ICYMI: Find out why Anatolian sheep dogs aren't just cute, they're conservation heroes.

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Ahhh Friyay! Long weekend, double yay! Have a good one friends!

Pic: Attie Gerber, Soul of the Baboon
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Today Jen addressed 150 learners from Sun Valley Primary about their role as the next generation of conservationists and how to be good baboon neighbors. ... See MoreSee Less

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Its Thursday friends, which means its #30bucks4baboons day! JUST SMS THE WORDS "DONATE BABOONS" to 42646 in South Africa to contribute R30 to Baboon Matters. Easy as that! Remember that free minutes don't apply, network fees apply, and the sms words are spelling sensitive so make sure you don't mis-spell 🙂 You really have no idea how much we need your support if we are to carry on being a voice for baboons. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jenni Trethowan
084 413 9482

Kathy Kelly
082 746 1609



Baboon Matters Trust is a registered
Non-Profit Organisation. 074-553-NPO






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