Don't let your home become a 'fast food outlet' for baboons, City of Cape Town warns

2017-12-21 20:02
(Luis Robayo, AFP)

(Luis Robayo, AFP)

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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has issued an advisory to residents urging them to ensure that their neighbourhoods do not become "fast food outlets" for baboons. 

In a statement, the city's biodiversity manager Julia Wood said during the festive season people generate significant additional waste which attracts animals, especially baboons, to neighbourhoods. 

"As the City of Cape Town, we need the public to support and work with us to create baboon-free residential areas, and achieving this requires the cooperation of every resident," Wood said.

Wood advised residents to: 

  • Ensure that they have the prescribed lockable two-pin baboon-proof bins supplied by the city; 
  • Note the collection times of the recycling truck service to ensure residential waste is put out only near the time of collection to avoid waste piling up;
  • Report the presence of baboons in the suburbs – or any incident with baboons – to the baboon reporting helpline on 071 588 6540;
  • Install burglar bars with gaps smaller than 8cm on windows which are usually kept open;
  • Never leave pet food out or feed pets outside the house, including bird seed; and
  • Fruit trees, vegetable gardens and compost heaps are not recommended unless they are in a locked caged area or surrounded by electric fencing.

Wood reminded Capetonians that baboons are protected species in the Western Cape according to the CapeNature Conservation Laws Amendment Act, 2000, Ordinance 19 of 1974.

The law prohibits the feeding, killing, injuring and hunting of baboons. 

"All such offences are punishable by law and carry stiff penalties. Residents are encouraged to report any tip-offs regarding transgressions, or any other baboon-related incidents, to the baboon helpline," Wood said. 

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