Baboon Matters Trust - baboon conservation in South Africa


For 16 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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I am so very easily distracted when it comes to looking at baboons....big problem! I am busy looking for images for a funding proposal and got distracted by this gorgeous clip of young males having a lovely wrestling match at Prime Crew.
The young males spend hours running and wrestling and play fighting, and ,as with all teenagers, sometimes things get a little rough but the play fighting is normally just a good chance to test their strength.
Our grateful thanks to the Prime Crew team who have given the Gumble and Bean troop such a great enclosure where there is so much room to wrestle, run, climb trees and swim in the large pond. Fabulous stuff Prime Crew.
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Young Harry with infant Mikey Mohican. Fabulous male baboon who was a very gentle father and brother. Lynette Johnson noticed that Harry looked quite a bit like Dodger - what do you think? ... See MoreSee Less

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OH MY WORD! we have just been sent this video by a concerned resident of Pringle Bay. Apparently she shared the video to Cape Nature's page - and it was deleted within minutes.
Well the video cant be deleted from our page - and we want answers! Is this collar from management purposes? (does not seem to be working - look what she is doing?) Is this for research? Who is responsible?
We will get to the bottom of this!
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You have all loved hearing news of Dodger so here is another pic - who can resist? We are hoping that he will be released soon and look forward to seeing him with his troop on the mountains in a day or so......
We will keep you posted, but as we are not getting too much information, if you see Dodger before we do, please let us know.
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Capri near Kommetjie has had an unusual amount of baboon activity in the last 10 days or so, and all from this boy, Dodger. From the Da Gama troop, he has been hiding out in the village while an injury to his hand healed, and giving residents a right run around.

We would like to thank the service provider, HWS, for not paintballing him, and giving him a chance to recover in peace. He was trapped yesterday and assessed and treated by the SPCA vet, and is currently in a holding facility where he will be monitored for a while longer before being returned to his troop.
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Or if you are just too hot to move at all, there's always this - just roll over into the pool 🙂

Pic by our friend Rosemary Anne Reed
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Cape Town is set for another scorcher today. These Kruger baboons show us how to beat the heat! Happy Friday friends, and don't forget the suncreen!

Photo credit: Rob Smith
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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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