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.

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“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?

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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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Morning to our Tokai friends - please be aware that there have been sightings of a baboon (baboons ?) along Orpen Road.

It seems that this baboon may be a young dispersing male and he may making his way through the area as he tries to join a new troop.
Typically, these young males carry on moving through the area and as they may feel a little vulnerable on their own, they do not look for any trouble and normally avoid all conflict.
But baboons are very opportunistic and will take advantage of easy food - so please folks make sure your garbage bins are secure and that there is nothing tempting (like bird feeders, dog food ) lying around.

We do NOT want a repeat case of Dodger who was killed for being a "problem raider"; too many males have been killed in the Tokai / Constantia troops and we have still had no outcome or resolution on the 40 "missing" baboons.
To keep this male safe it is essential that residents ensure he does not get food from your waste bins and homes.
Stay calm if you see him and if you are worried about your dogs lock them up as he moves on through.
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update :
Thank you everyone for your offers. Alex will collect the book and bring to Cape Town - thanks Alex!

Thank you to The Book Place for supporting Baboon Matters - greatly appreciated!

To all our Johannesburg friends - is there anyone who lives near, or goes to the Cambridge shopping centre, Peter Place, Bryanston?
The Book Place has very kindly donated a copy of "My friend the baboons" by Eugene Marais, it is a reprint 1956 edition.
We would like to auction the book when we do our online auction next year, but in the meantime the book does need to be collected. Can anyone help? Please let me know.
Thanks so much
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Jenni Trethowan
084 413 9482

Kathy Kelly

082 746 1609




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