Tips when you’re
out and about
Tips when you’re out and about
PICNICS AND CAMP SITES
Baboons love picnics and camping as much as we do, because they often mean easy food! They can easily unzip or rip tents and backpacks, so keep food locked in the car or in lockable trunks or camping fridges.
If baboons join your picnic it is best to just pack up and leave – they can be very persistant and aggressive if there is food around. Stick to designated picnic spots, and only dispose of your waste in baboon-proof bins. If there are none, or if they are over-filled, please take your waste home and dispose of it there.
ON THE ROAD
Spotting baboons on the road-side can be a real treat. Please slow down if you see them, or, even better, pull over and enjoy their antics for a while. Baboons are often killed when they dart across roads.
To baboons, roads provide underfloor heating in winter, and the year-round attraction of waste thrown from cars. Please keep all waste inside your car until you can dispose of it properly.
If you stop to watch them, make sure your windows are up and your doors are locked – they can be cheeky in their search for easy food, and will take bags as well if they think they may contain food.
DO NOT FEED BABOONS!
It is illegal to feed baboons and it encourages them to hang around on roads where they may be hurt or killed.