Thursday, May 28, 2009

When in Cape Town, Don't Feed the Baboons

Chacma Baboons are a protected species. About 350 of them live in and around Cape Town. In the past, tourists and tour operators have fed the baboons to be able to get interesting photo ops.

Now the baboons have become aggressive, stealing snacks from people and even breaking into cars. Unfortunately, some of the more aggressive baboons have had to be killed by park rangers.

In hopes of stopping the feeding of the baboons, city authorities will now impose a fine of ZAR1,500 (about $150) PLUS six months in jail on anyone caught feeding the baboons.

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