Anthropogenic Influence and Baboons
Last month, we said goodbye to Valentin, who arrived with us from Belgium late last year. Valentin completed a four-month university internship and aimed to assess human-wildlife conflict in chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) using our fully habituated dump-raiding baboons, Lahala Troop. He aimed to understand two impactful research questions:
- Do natural resources or human waste resources affect how much time the troop spend in human settlement areas?
- Does the total amount of time spent in human settlement areas have an impact on human-wildlife conflict?
Valentin used historical data as well as data collected throughout his internship. He is yet to fully complete analysis but expects to find that when the baboons spend more time in human settlement areas (such as the local village and local dump), there is an increase in human-wildlife conflict. Additionally, fewer natural resources (such as during the winter months) are linked to an increase in human-wildlife conflict. We hope to continue to explore these important conservation research questions to generate useful solutions to reduce conflict between the local community and non-human primates.