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Article explaining why a baboon park could be a valuable educational resource on the Cape Peninsula
Space is at a premium on the Peninsula. It's war out there as groups fight over access to land. No struggle is more palpable than the one between baboons and people. Baboons are tenacious and stubborn; they show stamina and perseverance - the feisty lightweight contender. Their gallant effort notwithstanding, they take the brunt of the beating. Sadly, baboons are no match for the heavyweight titleholder - the technologically superior, and sometimes malevolent, humans. So year after year the battle continues, and baboon injuries accumulate.
The Gauntlet of Baboon Translocation
I recently argued the need for a baboon sanctuary on the Cape Peninsula (Cape Argus, 16 October 2009). Since then, I have been asked to discuss a popular alternative strategy: the translocation of baboons off the Peninsula. Generally people wonder why this is not the perfect solution. I have to agree: it does sound good. Unfortunately, however, reality is often a bitter pill. And when it comes to translocating baboons, it must be swallowed in its entirety.