The Overstrand Municipality Baboon Management Programme has set up a new hotline for baboon reporting.
The Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS) hotline number will be available for the operational projects in the Eastern Section which includes Voëlklip, Hermanus Heights and Fernkloof, and in the Western Section in Pringle Bay. In these areas, residents can phone the hotline to report sightings and request assistance from HWS.
The new number to report baboon issues is 072 028 0008. Please save this number on your phone and delete the previous number as it is used for reporting the Cape Town baboons.
When contacting the hotline, always mention the number of baboons seen and the specific address where the baboon(s) were last seen. If you can no longer see the baboon(s), indicate the time frame (how long ago you saw it/them. Whenever possible, please try to report baboons in the urban area immediately.
If you can, also provide the following information:
- What the baboon was doing (e.g. foraging on the side of the road/ raiding a bin/ entering a house);
- Whether the baboon is in the house/ garden or in the road;
- Take note if you see any ear tags or collars on the baboon, and what colour the ear tag is.
In those areas where projects are not in operation as yet, such as the Eastern Section in Onrus and the Western Section in Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay, people can phone the hotline number to report sightings but reaction from HWS will not be possible until the projects in these areas start in November 2020. When people in these areas do phone in with reports on sightings, however, it will assist HWS with the capturing of information on the movement patterns of the troops so that their activities in the area can be better understood.