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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Many baboon supporters have responded to the earlier post today, and many of you are expressing anger towards the monitors. Baboon Matters would like to be clear - our anger is directed at the Baboon Technical Team (City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Parks and Cape Nature) who are the authors of the protocol and management system currently in place.
If we are to apportion blame in one camp it must be to the City of Cape Town who runs the tender process and pays the service provider to carry out the management instructions. The CoCT should be insuring that the field staff are correctly paid and trained.
We have heard from several ex-employees of the service provider and there is a great deal of cause for concern, but typically the men (including the monitors on duty today) are following orders, and are in fear of loosing their jobs if they contradict or question orders.
The field staff may sometimes act inappropriately and fire the paintballs too aggressively - that is about training, education and correct proccedural process.
We maintain paintablls should not be used at all and that the SOPs and management ideas urgently need to be restructured and properly thought out.
Hold the decsion makers accountable - the CoCT is paying for this process and can immediately improve management if they so wish.

Shooting juveniles with paintballs from the top of Slangkop for no reason! It's just not acceptable not to mention contrary to the existing protocol!
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He hated the lions for killing his family's cattle. So he invented a way to save them both. (via Zinc)

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Looking for a perfectly practical Christmas gift for a baboon-loving friend? Our collectors item re-usable shopping bags from Woolworths are still available from their online store on the link below for just R35 - baboon not included in the purchase 🙂…
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Happy #ThirtybucksThursday friends! Please help us continue to fight for baboons like Surprise, by smsing "DONATE BABOONS" to 42646 to donate R30 to Baboon Matters - it's easier than falling off a log! ... 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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