Showdown over baboons

Cape Town - Baboon conservationists, scientists, animal welfare activists and wildlife managers hold a no-holds-barred meeting on Monday relating to baboon management on the Peninsula.

The Baboon Welfare Meeting is taking place at the SA National Parks’ Cape Research Centre in Tokai.

Tourists Alexandre Casias, center back, and Emilie Vachon, not in photo, from Montreal in Canada, have their car raided by Baboons, at Millers Point on the outskirts of Cape Town. Credit: AP

Baboon Matters Trust, the NGO headed by baboon conservationist Jenni Trethowan and which held the initial management contract, has prepared a list of questions for the Baboon Liaison Group that represents civic and ratepayer organisations in the South Peninsula.

In turn, the Baboon Technical Team – the joint “operations” team of the three statutory authorities involved – has drafted a set of questions for the trust and animal rights activists.

The Baboon Matters Trust wants to know, among other things:

The technical team’s questions include: