Baboons and Leopard Toads

Although a wide variety of animal and bird species frequent the Tokai area, baboons and leopards toads are of particular significance as they do move in residential areas.

Chacma Baboons
Baboon Hotline: 071 588 6540 (cellphone rates apply)
E-mail: baboons@capetown.gov.za (always report the presence of baboons if there are no monitors in the vicinity.

The management of baboon troops on the Cape Peninsula is undertaken jointly by the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park (SANParks) and CapeNature, who are known collectively as the Baboon Technical Team (BTT).

The Baboon Liason Group (BLG), which is made up of a wide range of City of Cape Town residents, meets regularly with the BTT to discuss a variety of issues such as protecting baboons from retribution by residents which includes injuries from pellet guns, poisons, dogs and car injuries. The aim of both organizations is to maintain a sustainable baboon population that lives in the natural areas. The City of Cape Town’s is also mandated to protect residents and visitors from raiding baboons.

Chacma baboons form part of the Peninsula’s rich biodiversity and they play a potentially significant ecological role in the Cape Floristic Region. Under current management programmes, the Peninsula baboon population is growing steadily and is not endangered, nor is it under threat.

Over 60 baboon rangers from City of Cape Town’s service provider, Human Wildlife Solutions, manage 385 baboons in ten managed troops, divided into three management regions.

* South-eastern region: Smitswinkel Troop, Waterfall Troop & Da Gama Troops.
* South-western region: Groot Olifantsbos Troop, Misty Cliffs Troop & Slangkop Troop.
* Northern region: Tokai Troop, Zwaanswyk Troop, Mountain Troop and Constantia Troop

Plea to residents NOT to feed the baboons

It is absolutely critical that residents do NOT start to randomly feed baboons in their gardens, natural areas or along the road with vegetables, fruits or ANY food. This will just encourage baboons to start raiding homes again.

It is vitally important to encourage the baboons to continue foraging out of town. Research has shown that the fires stimulate plant growth and new growth. With the arrival of the first rains, bulbs will be easier to find and the foraging may be better than it was before the fires. Baboons are already benefiting from the first flush of green growth that has already occurred after the fire.

City of Cape Town: Baboon Management in the Cape Peninsular
http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/EnvironmentalResourceManagement/projects/BiodMagementConserv/Pages/BaboonManagement.aspx

Baboon Matters http://www.baboonmatters.org.za/ is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of baboons over South Africa and believes that through education and advocacy it is possible for humans and other primates to learn to co-exist.

The Western Leopard Toad (WLT)

WLT Hotline: 082 516 3602

The Western Leopard Toad is an endangered species. Each toad has its own unique marking: dark-reddish brown patches with yellow or black edging on a pink or grey background. There is usually a yellow stripe running along the length of the back between the patches.

Every year from late July to early September toads travel from their habitat to their breeding grounds. Volunteers are needed to assist in night patrols to help toads move across roads (to prevent roadkills), and record specific data of each toad.

For more information, please go to the Western Leopard Toad website: http://www.leopardtoad.co.za/index.html

City of Cape Town: Western Leopard Toad
http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/EnvironmentalResourceManagement/projects/BiodMagementConserv/Pages/WesternLeopardToad.aspx