Baboon culling halted

Klein Constantia has reported that they have no intention of acting further on their permit to hunt two baboons per day.

Stephen Cowley, the chief financial officer at the farm, says seven baboons have been identified and eliminated by a conservation professional across the properties since the permit was granted. He says these details were reported to CapeNature.

Klein Constantia is one of the two wine farms that made headlines for hunting and killing baboons, (“Baboon hunts explained”, People’s Post, 17 July). The other farm, Buitenverwachting, reportedly requested that CapeNature cancel the permit earlier this month.

They had received permits in October last year.

Cowley says the decision to get a permit was a last resort following increasingly aggressive raiding behaviour which intensified over the course of 2017. “We have a responsibility to protect staff, guests and farm animals.”

He says as an organisation they are committed to continue working with all stakeholders in finding the best baboon management solution for the Cape Peninsula­.