The life of a dispersing male is not an easy one. He must negotiate the terrain, as well as the hierachy of the troop, and it takes a while to be accepted into a new clan. In this picture taken two years ago, Manuel had just arrived into the locale of the Smitswinkel troop. Fred the Alpha male had been euthanised, and another dispersing male, Jimmy was also on the scene. Manuel stayed on the outer edge of the troop, yet within three weeks he’d learned the ropes raiding refuse bins, and hanging around the fishing boats for tidbits from the fishermen. Soon thereafter he ventured into the suburbs and made a debut raiding gardens and bins in Murdoch Valley. It’s sad that he developed a raiding pattern so quickly and readily. It reflects badly against those who are mandated to conserve baboons, that there are no City by-laws to secure the urban area and enforce refuse bins and properties being secured against raids.