Baboons: The crossover between wild and urban.

Baby-baboon-cocooned-in-mother's-warmth

A baby baboon is safely cocooned in it’s mother’s warm fur – home for now, but it’s future may be one of uncertainty.   The encroaching urban edge has a huge impact on the wild creatures whose habitat is transformed for human purpose.  Over the years the Cape Peninsula Chacma baboon has had to adapt in response to an ever changing landscape populated by people through their housing and recreational needs.   Some of the troops live in terrain where there is a choice of caves to shelter in, but others use trees and leafy shrubbery.  The felling of the pine forests, which used to be the domain of the majority of the remaining baboon population, must have a detrimental effect on those that used them as sleep sites.  One wonders whether and if the wildlife conservation authorities have a vision for the future for the spatial and territorial needs of a non-primate group which is forever being slandered for it’s aggressive dominance tendencies?

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