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Seeking Primate Real Estate

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Hey humans! What does it take to get some primate service around here! Photo Steve Pike

The situation regarding the baboons in Kommetjie and neighbouring residential areas has been steadily worsening as urban pressure begins to exert its influence on the wild spaces around us. Residents of Kommetjie are invited to a ‘RESIDENTS MEET EXPERTS’ WORKSHOP about the Urban Baboon Management Challenge

Venue: St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Rubbi Rd

Date: Tuesday 14th March

Time: 18.45 for a prompt 19.00 start, finishing by 21.00


  • Prof Justin O’Riain of UCT - long-time researcher in animal-human conflict around Southern Africa

  • Dr Dave Gaynor – primatologist and one of the earliest researchers into management of the South Peninsula baboons

  • Joselyn Mormile – manager of the urban baboon management programme for NCC

  • Jenni Trethowan – founder of Baboon Matters

  • Kim Leeuwner – Community Liaison Officer for NCC

Facilitated by members of the Simon’s Town Civic Association’s Baboon Dialogue Team, who have run three such workshops before: Peter Willis, Prof Ben Cousins & Nadima Smith

This is a unique opportunity to listen to the up-to-date perspectives of a range of committed experts and to have your most pressing questions answered.

To Join the Workshop:

  1. Register by sending your name, physical address, email address and cell phone number to or 083 246 4451

  2. In the email, write one or two (max) questions you would most like these experts to address.

  3. Indicate whether you are extremely, somewhat, only mildly, seldom affected by baboon behaviour.

Workshop participation numbers are limited owing to space limitation. Priority will therefore be given to the first 60 residents who send in their questions before midday Monday 12 March. We look forward to having you with us for what promises to be a valuable learning opportunity, with the hopes that this workshop will assist our Kommetjie community contribute effectively to the way forward in dealing with the baboon issues that currently challenge various Peninsula residential areas.


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