Primates have a natural curiosity….
I captured this poignant scene at Buffels Bay, Cape Point Nature Reserve. Young primates completely at ease in an overlap of shared space; or from the baboons point of view – a tolerance of intrusion. Sadly, this common experience could spell doom for the baboons. The more they become habituated to humans, the more confident they are in seeking food opportunities. It leads to bag snatching, raiding picnic spaces, cars and in some cases aggressive behaviour causing bodily harm. The conservation authorities act by euthanising the “offending” animals. One of the anomalies in the ‘protection of species’ act, is to allow for a slackness of conservation principle, which leads to the negative impact on the very animals that are supposedly protected.