|Fatso, a wild female grooms me before moving on to Gismo to groom him. Photo: Gareth Patterson |
|February 2020 - Baboons in the midlands, KZN|
|A baboon troop expresses their distress after an adult female is run over. Her juvenile clings to her body. Photo: Bryan Ashley|
A couple of electric strands will keep baboons away from attractants that are not food related as well as less favourite foods. Electric fencing needs to be designed specifically for primates. Baboon proof electric fencing may be required to keep baboons from raiding crops of favourite food sources like maize.
Baboon monitors are trained to keep baboons from wandering onto baboon properties. In the Cape Peninsula, baboon monitors were initially trained to form a line in front of baboon troops, and then run at the baboons, shouting, clapping and waving sticks. This method worked well to keep baboons out. When the baboons got close to properties where they were unwelcome, the monitors would chase them out again.
The human-baboon interface is particularly difficult due to the fact that 1.development has cut off baboons from moving out of the area hence obstructing single dispersing males from reaching other troops which is necessary for genetic mixing and 2. Tourists have repeatedly fed the baboons by hand, to the extent that baboons on the Cape Peninsula now generalize about humans. This situation is not comparable to other baboon areas in South Africa.
Monkeys and Apes feed primarily on plant foods with a small percentage of animal-sourced food making up about 2 percent of the diet. Most of this animal sourced food comes from insects (Harding 1981). The table below compares the diet of seven chacma baboon populations in Africa illustrating the small percentage of invertebrates in the diet. Although there are reports of baboons killing young antelope in various areas, this is not common behavior : baboons are adaptable opportunists.