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!

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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We need to change both the laws and the out dated thinking about so called”damage causing “ animals. We need better education and, importantly, by-laws to ensure people make necessary changes.As Kathy wrote in a post on Friday, it certainIy has been a roller coaster of a week as we deal with the bank and fraud, a huge loss to our meagre finances, and then vitriolic posts on Facebook sites.......
But tonight I want to draw your attention away from the commentary and focus on the plight of baboons.

In this week alone, four mother baboons were shot in areas around Piketberg to Ceres; in all four cases the mother baboons were carrying offspring of varying ages. Luckily for the four baboon babies (juveniles) they were found and taken into care.
The youngest little boy has not survived, despite veterinary assessment and then round the clock care and treatment; he was in a terrible condition and dehydration and trauma took its toll on on his tiny body.
The other three orphans are safe for now.

But what of the future? If farmers continue to think that removing "problem animals" is the answer to crop damage, baboon mothers will continue to be shot - typically the mom's carrying infants are the slower and therefore easier target.

The concept of lethal management is common practise in South Africa and so called "damage causing animals" get little lee way.
In the pine plantations of Sabie the "removal;" of damage causing baboons is an efficient (though unethical ) part of the industry and hundreds of baboons are killed annually, but plantation owners argue that just as many baboons are killed in farm lands. Does that make it right?

Obviously the answer is NO! Killing individual animals simply does not solve long term problems; this has been proven over and over again. In the plantations the damage continues to escalate despite over 5000 baboons now killed, and in farm lands crops are raided - especially in times of drought - unless there are proactive management plans in place.

Baboons across SA have little protection in law and we need to work towards changing not only the laws but, perhaps more importantly, human mindsets and outdated thinking. We need to educate more and more decision makers so that whether it be baboons in urban areas, plantations or farm lands we are actively looking for solutions and management options rather than systematic killing.

I am so very sad that there is such an increase in numbers of baboons killed, but thank the brave people who went out and found the traumatised young baboons and got them safely to care and safety.

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Friends, please like and follow Baboons Of The South who are doing great work to educate residents about how to live peacefully with baboon neighborsIn every community that is situated within a baboon home range there will be a wide range of opinions towards baboons. These opinions range from those who love the baboons and would do anything to protect them, to those who would seek to harm them.

One of the main goals of our page is to educate communities about how they can reduce conflict with their local baboon troops. This will ultimately lead to a more peaceful existence for all concerned. To achieve this goal we need to reach as many community members as possible. We can then work together to find solutions to the many challenges that living alongside baboons brings.

Ultimately, despite any differences in opinion the vast majority of residents want the baboons to forage naturally in the mountains. Whether this is because they want the baboons away from their properties because they find them a nuisance, or because they want to see the baboons living a more natural life in the mountains, free from the many dangers of foraging in urban areas.

We would be grateful if you could please share our post on your community social media groups and encourage your neighbours to join us. Despite any differences in opinion lets all respectfully work together towards this common goal; to ensure that our homes remain our sanctuaries and our local baboons stay wild, safe and free.
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3 days ago

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What an interesting project on the Cape Flats! Ricardo we share your dream!

Beautiful News South Africa
By returning elands to the Cape Flats, Ricardo Downes is able to control alien vegetation while forming an incredible bond with these animals. The Gantouw Project

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3 days ago

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A bittersweet photo after the heartbreak of the last few days.

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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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