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University of Cape Town’s Baboon Research Unit commended by WWF

University of Cape Town’s Baboon Research Unit commended by WWF

Written by Alasdair Davies

21. November 2009

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa have commended Cape Town University’s Baboon Research Unit. “UCT’s Baboon Research Unit (BRU) has paved the way for the Cape Peninsula’s baboon population to be elevated from the status of a little known, much maligned population to one that may prove to be the benchmark for the successful […]

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Situation on the Cape

Situation on the Cape

Written by George Tyson

26. September 2009

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Over recent months, there has been an escalating situation on the Cape peninsula concerning baboons. A major conservation problem exists on the peninsula, in that an isolated population of baboons can’t leave the area and new baboons can’t enter. The natural migration routes have been gradually blocked by urbanization, meaning that the pathway to other […]

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Bart’s story

Bart’s story

Written by George Tyson

26. September 2009

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Updates: Our current understanding is that Bart is still alive and still on campus. The situation remains precarious. A petition has been started to raise awareness of Bart’s situation, but there is no change to the arranged plans – Bart is still due to be euthanised. We will keep you updated as we learn more. […]

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Inherent Conservation

Inherent Conservation

Written by George Tyson

23. September 2009

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At 8 AM the Handshake volunteers were met by Louis Jordaan, the owner of the Satvik Backpackers campsite that we’re staying at while working with the Vervet Monkey Foundation. Louis offered to give us a walking tour through the forest, land and dam that surround his campsite. Perched on the Tzaneen dam off the Great […]

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Uproar over baboon sjamboks

Uproar over baboon sjamboks

Written by Alasdair Davies

18. September 2009

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Article by Helen Bamford of IOL.co.za The use of bull whips to manage baboons has been slammed by the SPCA in the Western Cape. The organisation says it won’t hesitate to take action against anyone who uses a whip to harm a baboon, including operators of the company that manages the baboon monitors in the […]

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Weekend Off: Kruger National Park

Weekend Off: Kruger National Park

Written by George Tyson

14. September 2009

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Having completed our first week creating content for Chimp Eden in Nelspruit and working on the Handshake site, we took a well-deserved weekend off. Leaving our campsite in the hills at 6 AM on Thursday, we headed for Kruger National Park. We entered the park via Crocodile Bridge gate at roughly 8 in the morning […]

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Weekend Off: The Big Swing

Weekend Off: The Big Swing

Written by Nicola Merrett

14. September 2009

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To conclude our “weekend off”, day 12 witnessed the transformation of the handshake volunteers from hardworking conservationists, whose eyes are rarely distracted from the glow of a laptop screen, into death-defying adrenaline junkies. Waking in a comfy hostel BED (a bit of a luxury), the handshake day began with a porridge breakfast at 7.30am. After […]

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Excitement builds as the Handshake prepares for action

Written by lw_1990

23. June 2009

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In a week’s time, the Great Primate Handshake will once again whirr into action as volunteers and staff meet on the shores of Mombasa, Kenya, on the 19th June – ready to raise awareness of primate conservation. In unison with the Handshake’s launch, Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary supported by the Great Primate Handshake (we […]

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Growing Up Baboon – CARE, South Africa

Written by Alasdair Davies

2. April 2009

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The Animal Planet series "Growng Up Baboon" recently aired in the United States - having received praise for its message of support in helping to raise awareness of Chacma Baboon conservation activities in South Africa.

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The Baobab Tree

Written by Alasdair Davies

10. September 2008

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To start I would like to say that, like many of the video team, I have been hard at work behind the camera, or in some cases in front of it. Therefore I have not got round to writing many blogs yet. However, now I have the time to do so I will tell you about something we came across yesterday.

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