Western Cape anger over baboon doccie

2012-07-03 07:28

Cape Town - Pringle Bay residents in the Western Cape are outraged at a National Geographic documentary that used food to lure baboons to a house in the area, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that the primates were filmed with hidden cameras placed in a specially modified and fully furnished cottage, part of the Cape Hangklip Hotel.

The television series, Big Baboon House, had angered residents as it undermined years of effort to keep the animals out of their houses.

The Pringle Bay Baboon Action Group said there had been a steady increase in aggressive baboon activity in the past three months.

"What they did is completely unacceptable. To lure baboons with food is not only illegal; it also disrupts the peaceful cohabitation we've been trying to maintain between humans and baboons."

On the show's official blog, development director Jaco Botha reportedly said his biggest thrill had been the first time the baboons broke into the house as it showed they could be filmed without "having any effect on their natural behaviour".

Digital media content producer Meghan Gleason was reported as saying they had "undertaken a simian social experiment of a lifetime" to understand baboon behaviour.

This was "so we can learn how to keep them out of homes and coexist peacefully with their human counterparts... all while having a little fun along the way as we observe these baboons having free reign over a posh house".

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-03 07:58

    Couldn't agree more JohanCduToit, says a lot about ones intelligence level and your political tolerance.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-03 10:56

      All the comments critical of Kyle has been deleted. Why? This is my reply to Kyle that was deleted and that Frans is referring to here: "This comment is uncalled-for and off topic. If you want to criticize the ANC, then criticize some or other specific action, eg corruption or buying a new plane for the president or whatever. But random insults like this is just not helpful."

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-03 11:06

      Screenshot of what the comments looked like before they were deleted:

  • georgia.court.7 - 2012-07-03 08:01

    This is some of the worst "documentary" film making I have seen in a while. Do you have any scientists or researchers with you or is father Xmas as good as your intel gets?

      catherine.esterhuizen - 2012-07-03 11:36

      they scrapped my reply to your comment!!! nothing like freedom of speech ey?

      JanHNortje - 2012-07-03 13:43

      I've lost allot of comments the same way. I don't know what I did wrong?? This comment will probably be deleted as well. If that is the case FU News24. We are only allowed to say what you want.

  • Walter - 2012-07-03 08:15

    This is share stupidity. One would think that National Geo know better than this...... I guess anything to get viewers interested, but I agree wholeheartedly with the protesting residents who, for years, have been plagued by these animals. There is a general plea NOT to feed these animals - they can fend for themselves.

  • justindeklerk - 2012-07-03 08:20

    Something of a trend developing here with disruptive National Geographic documentaries upsetting the natural behavior of SA's wildlife, specifically luring wild animals with food. A certain recent deadly episode with sharks comes to mind...

      Megan - 2012-07-03 08:40

      Except the shark doccie had nothing to do with the attack that followed. If you remeber, they wern't even in that area. But that aside. I think it's a nature of the film industry in general to ignore what is "right". You would be absolutely amazed at how ignorantly selfish the industry can be all in the name of making money off something as insignificant as bottom-feeding entertainment. I'm just really sad that the same attitude appears to have filtered down (or up actually) to the documentary makers. Shooting a documentary as opposed to a film was always a nice refreshing break as usually rules were followed and people on set always remained sensitive to their locations and responsibilities. However, clearly the greed bug has hit Nat Geo as well...

  • mikki.vanzyl - 2012-07-03 09:23

    So now they're going to 'un'teach these wily creatures the comforts of human living? How? Perhaps electric shock treatment will do the trick? Stupid idiots!

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