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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Today in my garden helping with ant control ..... 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Friends, as part of our Education and Outreach program for 2018 we will be sharing weekly tips on how to be good baboon neighbours - please help us spread these far and wide! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are proud tree-huggers here at Baboon Matters so it was a real thrill to stand under this 400 year old wild fig tree in the garden of Cape Town Medi Spa yesterday - the same tree that a Masai Warrior dreamed about, and set off on foot from Kenya to find in 2012 - you may recall the newspaper article featuring this Warrior when he met Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he reached Cape Town.

The tree has been declared the 7th Spiritual Site in Cape Town, and was the place the earliest inhabitants of this land used to gather to collect water from the Camissa Springs.

We met with the inspiring owners of the Spa, Dawn and Ian McFarlane, to discuss a very exciting event we are planning, so watch this space!
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On 21 January 2017 we received news that Phoenix had died of her untreated burn wounds but that her body had not been found.
The story of Phoenix is possibly one of the saddest cases I have ever had to deal with; it was beyond belief that all those in authority who witnessed this injured animal daily, for 10 days (!) did nothing to ease her suffering.
There are two issues that we have raised as formal complaint - the first was the lack of veterinary care (including euthanasia); our complaint to the SA Vet Council was initially dismissed but we challenged the outcome as it seems the vet council did not view all the evidence presented. The complaint will be heard by the full council at a meeting on 14 and 15 March 2018.
The second complaint has been ignored by the BTT (City of Cape Town, Cape Nature, TMNP , SPCA and BRU).
Our reports and evidence that Phoenix had been paintballed (the marker is clearly seen on the side of her head) have been brushed aside and there is no record of disciplinary action or, more importantly, any change in the paintballing procedures - if anything we hear more case of aggressive paintballing.
Friends we are calling on you to make your voices heard in a clear and definite way so that we can insist that long over due changes happen now and happen with our participation.
I am appealing to each of you not to resort to personal attack or abusive language - that demeans the plight of Phoenix and lessens our call for action.
The authorities are looking to divert attention away from the real issues and they do this by tagging "activists" as overly emotional, libellous and abusive, lets not give them that fragile tool.
I do not want to debate the issue of how we frame our outrage, but I want our outrage to be meaningful to make changes so that no seriously injured or ill baboon is ever left to suffer as Phoenix or Surprise did.
I want changes to the current system whereby baboons are penalised for our bad waste management.
Friends, make your voices heard in one loud clear message, we want change - we want to be part of forming the change and we want transparency in the implementation process.
We will give dates and venue of the planned meeting in the week ahead; in the meantime please write to :

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Phoenix is cuddled by a troop mate, she is holding her head in her burnt hands after having been struck on the side of her head with a paintball. She died that night and mysteriously her body was never found.
Be her voice - make sure this never happens again.
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Phoenix suffered burns to both hands and feet, but was left untreated until she died on 21 January 2017. Please note the clear evidence of a paintball on the side of her head. Despite numerous complaints and public condemnation the authorities deny she was paintballed. ... See MoreSee Less

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Where's the baboon monotors??? The baboons are driving me crazy in Java close!! They're breaking my shutters!! ... 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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