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Baboon Matters In the Media
Jenni Trethowan took up the fight for baboons more than 25 years ago, championing tolerance rather than spreading fear of the misunderstood creatures. But in 2006, she almost lost her life for the animals she loves. Trethowan came into contact with a baboon who had been poisoned with a banned toxic substance. The animal died from internal haemorrhaging, and Trethowan ended up in the intensive care unit. Her experience shed light on the daily suffering of baboon troops at the hands of humans. In the battle for food and territory, they are seen as a nuisance that must be eliminated.
In a fantastic collaborative effort, Knysna Veterinary Clinic and Baboon Matters successfully helped the female baboon in the Eastford area. It took them five days of searching to find Nikita (as they’ve named her)… and fortunately they did not need to amputate.
Knysna Veterinary Clinic said: “After a few attempts to dart or trap this clever animal, Dr Rolf Lamprecht and Sr Anna-Lize Pohlmann – with the help of [Jen and Tink from] Baboon Matters – managed to dart and remove the wire.”
Jenni Trethowan, founder of Baboon Matters in South Africa, has been attempting to broker a peaceful coexistence for humans and baboons for a long time. Here, she explains what inspires her to work to save these creatures and their habitats. After all, they were there first.
Cape Town is built around a 50-mile-long mountain range that was once home to lions, leopards and antelope. The big cats have left, but about 500 Chacma baboons remain. With their historic migration routes cut off, these baboons are essentially an island population. They have nowhere else to go, so these highly intelligent animals have learned that human activity presents easy feeding opportunities.
Many South Africans – and tourists – are quite familiar with the baboon populations of the Cape, and most of us have experienced some kind of run in with them while visiting the Western Cape.
Unfortunately, these majestic animals are coming more and more into contact with humans, because of spacial conflict, and this is causing a lot of problems for them. This is where Baboon Matters come in: For more than 25 years Baboon Matters has been at the forefront of baboon conservation – in the face of this ever-increasing urbanization and intensive agriculture, and the resulting escalation in baboon/human conflict.
Wildlife activists are now up in arms over allegations that baboons are being culled in an ‘inhumane way’ by being baited, trapped and shot in timber plantations around Sabie. Baboon activists and roleplayers in the timber industry have seemingly reached an impasse in finding a solution to the problem of baboons damaging plantations, reports the Lowvelder.
Johannesburg – Environmental pressure group Baboon Matters has called on Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to intervene and place a moratorium on the killing of the animals by timber companies outside Sabie. Baboon Matters’ Kathy Kelly said the group had discovered a “mass grave” between pine plantations in Mpumalanga, Netwerk24 reported.
January 26 2017 Read Article: IOL News: Baboon's death sparks row
January 25 2017 Watch video: EWN: Outcry after the Death of Phoenix the Baboon
January 24 2017 Read Article: City of Cape Town to blame for death of baby baboon - Animal NPO
January 2017 Read the Article here: Cape Talk: Baboons left to die after mountain fires despite efforts to save them
June 2016 Read the Article here: SABC interview with Jenni Trethowan and Tinka Shapiro
April 2016 Read the Article here: National Geographic: Is this the end for South Africa’s famed urban baboons?
February 2016 Read the Article here: Cape Talk. John Maytham interviews Jenni Trethowan about the crisis in the Misty Cliffs troop.
June 2016 Watch the Video here: Naturcast: Introduction to Baboon Matters
January 2016 Read the Article here: Timeslive: “I am living in a war zone!”
January 2016 Read the Article here: SABC News. The Hunt is on for gunman believed to be targeting baboons.
October 2015 Read the Article here: Cape Times: Artists step out in support of Baboons
August 2015 Read the Article here: Africa Geographic. Mortality of baboons during Cape Wildfires