Anthropogenic Influence and Baboons

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.

2 thoughts on “Anthropogenic Influence and Baboons

  1. honestly it does not take a genius or a study to realize all of the above mentioned about wild animals and human conflict. Perhaps if humans did not trash all over the place then animals would not be treated badly or in conflict or even shot on sight by those who think they are to blame.

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    1. Good day. While I understand that you feel this way, I must disagree…as is evidenced by your post. Awareness about a problem is the first solution. We conduct the study to enable us to take the data to those that are most responsible for the problem. In this case, a robust study can be laid at the feet of the local municipality that is responsible for the management of municipal waste. Government bodies do not take things seriously if there is not a body of evidence collected to support a solution or to identify a problem properly. The research was conducted on a volunteer basis and at no cost to the public. We do this because we are deeply aware of the problem and would like to be part of the solution. Having proper data also allows us to share that data with other interested parties who in turn may have more access to resources or influence to address the problem. Good luck in your endeavours!

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