The dedicated baboon hotline number for reporting baboon issues and incidents for the Eastern Region (Hermanus/Voëlklip) is 072 028 0008.
The dedicated baboon hotline number for reporting baboon issues and incidents for the West Region (Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay) is 069 1515 962
The function of the Overstrand Municipality baboon hotline is to ensure that the Overstrand Municipality is informed that baboons are in the area, or have moved into town, or a house is being raided and the person needs assistance.
The hotline is either an information providing call, or a call for aid to the Overstrand Municipality for urgent assistance. The hotline operator will direct the incoming calls with regards to incidents to the respective area managers and eco rangers for the different areas in the West (069 1515 962) or the baboon monitors in the East (072 028 0008).
WHEN TO CALL:
- To report baboons in the urban areas
- To report baboons on your property
- To report injuries of baboons
- To report incidents of feeding or harming baboons
- Your name and address
- The specific address where you last saw the baboon/s
NUMBER OF BABOONS SEEN:
- What the baboon was doing (e.g., foraging on the side of the road/ raiding a bin/ entering a house)
- Take note if you see any ear tags or collars on the baboon/s, and what colour the ear tag is
- Whether the baboon is in the house/ garden or in the road
ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION:
- Could you tell if it was a male or female baboon.
- If the baboon raided a house, note whether there were people in the house or not.
- How did the baboon get into the house.
- If you can no longer see the baboon, how long ago did you see it (timeframe) – Please try to report baboons in the urban area immediately.
- If you are reporting an injury, try to assess whether the baboon is an adult or a juvenile and what body part is injured and whether the behaviour of the baboon appears normal.
- If you are reporting a feeding or harming incident, please try to take a video of the incident and gather as much information as you can, pictures of the person/s and/or car/s involved, time, date, and place. This information will be passed on to Cape Nature to investigate.
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM:
The Early Warning System is implemented daily in the West. The purpose of the Early Warning System is to warn residents that the baboons has moved into the urban Area. Kindly report all incidents.