State of Baboon Welfare Report 2023

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The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has released its first State of Baboon Welfare report for the year ending March 2023. This document takes a critical look at the state of Cape Town’s baboon troops.

This report counts all Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) admitted to / by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Department from the period 01 April 2022 up to and including 31 March 2023.

It is not intended to be a census or count of the current baboon population on the peninsula. The data presented herein is gathered from recorded SPCA admission procedures and treatment protocols. Animals admitted were from within the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s jurisdictional range.   

Notable Findings

⇒ Male baboons suffer the most persecution

⇒ Juvenile baboons, are only slightly only less persecuted

⇒ 50% of all adult baboons treated suffered human-induced injury

⇒ 31% of the cases we saw over the year came from Tokai

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA acknowledges the great work being done by residents in troop conflict areas to try and keep negative human-baboon interactions to a minimum.
Male baboon with a split lip (and a bruised ego), after a tussle with his troop’s alpha male.

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