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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Friends, please hold our boy Surprise in your thoughts. This badly injured male has just been rescued from a high tree, where he had been since Friday, with no food or water. He was first tranquilized then lowered down.

He is currently in the hands of a private practice vet with extensive experience in treating baboons, who we know will do everything possible to save him.

This whole situation has been incredibly frustrating for us and other concerned residents who believe he could and should have received care a week ago. The SPCA vet saw him on Thursday and advised only that he be monitored. His life now hangs in the balance.

We would like to acknowledge the HWS area manager who has barely left Surprise this weekend - it is hard for caring people to be hamstrung by procedures, policies and politics.
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SPCA darted our boy at lunchtime today with a painkiller - too dangerous to tranquillise him as he's high up and theres a pile of boulders below him - impossible to cushion his fall. The vet will return later today to do who-knows-what ... but this is all too late!!!!! Anyone who has any doubt whatsoever about his condition, just have a look at his wound!!!!!!! I'm beyond saddened, disappointed in the "authorities" and angry ... Clare you and Dylan have been angels. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friends, between us the Baboon Matters team has some really great skills. We're good at understanding baboons, catching baboons, communicating about baboons, and never backing down about baboons. But we really suck at fundraising for baboons 🙁 So we'd like to introduce you to our new team member, Carol Brand, who is really good at fundraising! She has loads of experience - she has worked for Cape of Good Hope SPCA, Foodbank Cape Town, Salesian Institute, and Catholic Welfare and Development among others.

Many of you will be hearing from Carol via this page - we hope you don't mind, but you are our loyal supporters and we now desperately need to convince as many of you as possible to become loyal financial supporters. No matter how small, your regular contribution is more than we are getting currently, and it will help us continue our work. We currently have 3 (yes 3!) friends that are making regular donations.

Welcome Carol! Knock em dead!
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Friends, today we have a challenge for you! Our supporters on the MySchool program are slowly creeping up and we now have 140 people swiping for baboons each month. We urgently need to increase that...

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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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