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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I just love this beautiful image taken by the talented Tinka Shapiro. ... See MoreSee Less

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We have this massive male baboon walking through our garden the last few days, the dogs dont even bark, We just let him be. Is he any threat to our cats? ... See MoreSee Less

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You must watch BBC Planet Earth 2
Especially # 6 in the series "Cities"
Here's a wee extract (cohabitation - no necessity for slaughtering.)
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A message for our farmer friends. We are getting requests almost daily from farmers who would like us to go and train baboon monitors - so encouraging to see so many people keen to try humane management methods! Our problem is we are a tiny NPO, with one full time and one half day employee. It would be impossible for us to respond to each of these requests individually!

What we would like to suggest is that, if you are interested in this training, you contact your local farmers union and find out if there are other farmers in your area who are also keen - we can train up to 15 people in one course. Unfortunately we can't provide this training for free, we need to at least cover our costs - but if a number of farmers in a region got together to organize a training course, it would be much more feasible!

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Such a wonderful video documenting the rehabilitation work of our friends at Prime Crew in Limpopo. This story features Chloe baboon, an orphan that Baboon Matters relocated from the Western Cape to Prime Crew a couple of years ago – when Chloe and her new troop are released back into the wild, she will be the first baboon ever to have her rehab and release process documented from start to finish, but for now her and her troop are safe and cared for in the spacious semi-wild enclosure we have sponsored at Prime Crew.

Baboon Matters collaborates with Prime Crew to rescue at-risk baboons in Limpopo, but there is a great need for a similar facility in the Western Cape. In the meantime, we will continue working for the long-term protection of baboons throughout South Africa.

If you are interested in volunteering at Prime Crew, we can highly recommend it as a life-changing experience! And if you are able to support them in any other way, they would love to hear from you. You can contact Luzanne on 082 851 0347

With thanks, as always, to Alexander Dummer (producer), James O"Sullivan (editing), Mathieu Van Goethem (Camera and sound), James Fox (camera and stills and creative input) and Kerryn Chegwidden (Camera).
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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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