2019 has kicked off at a furious pace with devastating fires impacting huge swathes of mountainside across the Overburg, Kogelberg Nature Reserve and now Franschoek. 

The impact on wildlife and vegetation is overwhelming in some areas, but small valleys and areas do provide some security and nutrition for the wildlife survivors.
Although the fire burnt areas evoke strong emotions, and we want to help the bokkies, birds and baboons, we must not resort to short term solutions which many have negative long term results.  Feeding baboons in or near to urban areas will habituate baboons to easy foods, and when tolerance levels are low it is the baboons who are punished.
One female baboon was killed in  Kleinmond and a male baboon appeared to have been shot by bird shot in the vicinity of the Harold Porter  Botanical Gardens.  We are told that Cape Nature is investigating, but we call on residents who witness any animals being shot to report it and make a statement so that perpetrators can be prosecuted.
If you see something SAY and DO something. 
Report all concerns to Cape Nature and the NSPCA

Cape nature OR  087 087 9262
Getting a bite to eat at the “dirt” diner
Getting a bite to eat at the “dirt” diner By Paula Pebsworth, PhD
By Paula Pebsworth, PhD
Did you know that people and other animals eat soil? Like, lots of animals and lots of soil?! I’ve studied soil eating for more than 10 years and still find this curious behavior absolutely fascinating. Soil eating is formally known as “geophagy” for non-human animals and “pica” for humans. It’s not eating a little bit of soil left on your fresh radishes – it’s purposely and deliberately eating soil.

And it’s not just any old dirt. It’s special dirt that humans admit walking miles to reach because they crave it. Soil eaters can’t tell you why they crave soil, only that they do.  
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Fundraising blues….

Fundraising for baboons is always tough and this year we have less than a fifth of what we would need to achieve our many goals.

But we are not giving up! Instead we are offering you, our support base of nearly 45 000, a suite of really easy ways that you can make small, appreciated contributions to Baboon Matters. Here’s what YOU can do to help Baboon Matters help baboons.

YOU can:

SMS – a very simple way to donate R30; simply SMS 42646 Donate Baboons

Donate an amount of your choice to


Join us at our first fundraising event Cork and Canvas on 2 April 

Go to our website and go to our donate page for more options.
Purchase this beautiful painting by Charmayne Kempster
which has been donated to Baboon Matters.
If you are interested in purchasing this tribute to Noskethi and helping Baboon Matters funding, please contact
Are baboons, like most humans, right hand dominant?
by Jenni Trethowan

In 2017, Baboon Matters covered a huge range across SA and in our travels, I noticed a number of baboons with missing limbs, in itself, this is not uncommon. But the more I noticed, the more I became aware that a lot of the baboons we “noticed” were missing their right hand.
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Funding SOS! 
After nearly 20 years we are facing closure in the near future due to lack of funding!  Please consider making a donation to enable us to continue working for baboons in crisis!
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