Pezula Private Estate in Knysna is located within the home range of two baboon troops. A Baboon Management Programme was implemented in 2012 and today the estate is a world-class example of best practice for baboon-proof living.
Baboon Management Programme
- Plans for new houses on the estate must include baboon proofing. Guidelines are set out for architects.
- Contracts and service providers must undergo induction before work commences on the Estate.
- Building rubble must be placed in baboon-proof containers.
- The onus is placed on residents to ensure that their homes are baboon-proof.
- Double latches must be placed on all doors.
- Residents must choose plants for their gardens from the baboon ‘friendly’ plant list.
- Residents must not openly display food, especially fruit.
- Waste must be properly managed and place in baboon-proof dustbins.
- Wildlife monitors are on duty 24/7 12-hour shifts). They use bicycles and where necessary, will guide the troops back to forest.
- Residents have a communication system to the Estate Control Room.
- Wildlife monitors provide feedback for owners.
- A tracking system is in place as well as cantilevered fencing. Cameras and laser beams are placed at strategic areas.