The male chacma baboon known as Kataza is currently being kept “at a place of safety” where he is undergoing health tests before making his way to Limpopo, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA (CGHSPCA) has reported.
“The test results are pending. As soon as he has a clean bill of health, he will be on his way to his new home,” said Belinda Abraham, communications, resource development and education manager at the CGHSPCA.
The animal welfare organisation darted Kataza on Monday 18 January. This followed Cape Nature’s approval of the CGHSPCA’s application for a permit to capture and translocate Kataza, also referred to as SK11, to the Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo.
Abrahams said, in the interest of Kataza’s welfare, the translocation was the only option.
“Kataza has continued to raid residential homes and failed to integrate with any of the baboon troops in his close vicinity. His life was in danger as he spent most of his time in the urban area. Residents threatened to harm and kill him, with an incident of gunshots fired at him reported to us,” she said.
Abrahams added that once at the centre, Kataza will be gradually introduced into a new troop where he will be kept in a semi-wild environment, and his progress monitored.
“Our promise to Kataza is that this cannot happen again to another baboon. The SPCA is actively calling upon the authorities to expedite the amendment of the baboon protocols within the City of Cape Town. An urgent meeting needs to be convened with the various role-players to find a workable solution. We all need to work together to promote the welfare of baboons in the Cape Metropole,” Abrahams said.
This decision follows Kataza’s arguably unsuccessful return to his native Slangkop troop in Kommetjie on 12 November last year.
The return came about 10 weeks after the baboon was first relocated from Kommetjie to Tokai in an attempt to negate his raiding behaviour.
This original move caused an outcry among animal welfare groups and residents alike.