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In Southern Africa's Cape Peninsula trouble is brewing between the local Chacma Baboon troops and the human residents. In the past the animals were trapped in large numbers for use in medical experiments in this area but thanks to vocal activists this policy has ended. With less pressure the animals have become more and more confident. In some villages and urban areas baboon troops forcefully enter houses and flats looking for food and toys. The young primates love to play with things they can hide in like carpets, bags and curtains along with animal-shaped stuffed toys. The animals have learned how to open all kinds of unlocked doors or windows by simply turning the knobs. They even manage to open large French doors by pulling the doors out of the frames! Reports of animals breaking into shops, biscuit factories and even occupied cars have been recorded.

Just a few years ago the animals would spend their time foraging in the Fynboss but now the troops have become habituated to humans. They sleep at night in vacation homes or on the roofs of buildings and raid vineyards, markets, houses, cars and garbage cans for food. Baboons even stake out the local farmers markets and mug shoppers as they return to their cars. Of the sixteen troops in the area only one still forages in the wild.

Attempts to discourage these raids are only partially effective. Official 'Baboon Monitors' armed with paintball guns and radio communications are charged with deterring the rogue animals but are outnumbered by the animals. Residents are coached to use electric fencing, to lock all doors and windows, to not display food obviously such as fruit bowls and to double-padlock their garbage bins. Even fruit trees, vegetable gardens and compost heaps must be in a locked caged area or be surrounded by electric fencing. Young monkeys can squeeze through a space of 8 cm so people are advised to bar their windows appropriately and to secure cat-access doors. When residents are confronted by a baboon they are advised to drop whatever is in their hands, remain calm, to not block the animal's escape route and to spray the animals with a strong stream of water as the animals hate water. Residents keep water pistols in their houses and hoses ready in their gardens. Contact between baboons and humans are dangerous - the animals may scratch and bite which can spread disease. Unfortunately, repeat offending baboons have been euthanized.

Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group climbing apartment building with person trying to scare them off, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518366 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group climbing apartment building with person trying to scare them off, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group raiding apartment building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518365 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group raiding apartment building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518346 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing blanket from apartment building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518363 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing blanket from apartment building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing blanket from apartment buildling, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518364 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing blanket from apartment buildling, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with stolen sheet, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518349 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with stolen sheet, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518350 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518351 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518352 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518353 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group playing with curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen curtains from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518340 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen curtains from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with curtains stolen from building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518360 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with curtains stolen from building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with stolen curtain, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518359 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with stolen curtain, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with teddy bear toy in building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518354 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with teddy bear toy in building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear toy on building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518355 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear toy on building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with stolen teddy bear on building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518356 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with stolen teddy bear on building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with stolen teddy bear, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518357 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) with stolen teddy bear, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518367 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518358 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) pair playing with stolen teddy bear, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group on building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518342 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) group on building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) on building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518377 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) on building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) damage in kitchen after baboons came in through unlocked window, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518343 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) damage in kitchen after baboons came in through unlocked window, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) monitor checking out damage in kitchen after baboons came in through unlocked window, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518344 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) monitor checking out damage in kitchen after baboons came in through unlocked window, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) monitor chasing away baboon, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518375 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) monitor chasing away baboon, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign in market, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518371 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign in market, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 2 of 6  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518369 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 2 of 6© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 3 of 6  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518370 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 3 of 6© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 2 of 6  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518374 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing rhubarb from shopper, Cape Town, South Africa. Sequence 2 of 6© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) on construction equipment, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518339 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) on construction equipment, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing fruit from market, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518376 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) stealing fruit from market, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) in car, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518380 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) in car, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) babies climbing down building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518378 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) babies climbing down building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) ripping off rain gutter while climbing building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518379 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) ripping off rain gutter while climbing building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) climbing down building, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518384 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) climbing down building, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) being chased by Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris), South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518345 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) being chased by Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris), South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris), South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518381 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) playing with Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris), South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) being chased by Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris), South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518382 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) being chased by Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris), South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) juvenile grooming mother with young near houses, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518341 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) juvenile grooming mother with young near houses, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) female with young feeding on discarded food, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518347 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) female with young feeding on discarded food, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) mother and young covered with flour after looking through trash, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518348 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) mother and young covered with flour after looking through trash, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) juvenile, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518362 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) juvenile, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) baby holding on to mother, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518368 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) baby holding on to mother, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) mother nursing young, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518372 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) mother nursing young, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) alpha male wearing collar so the troop can be tracked to try and avoid human conflict, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518373 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) alpha male wearing collar so the troop can be tracked to try and avoid human conflict, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518383 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign, South Africa  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00518361 Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) warning sign, South Africa© Cyril Ruoso
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