Programmes & Services
Programmes & Services
Biodiversity refers to all levels of life on earth from humans to tiny organisms and every form of life plays an important role in maintaining a diverse and healthy planet. The Chacma Baboon of the Western Cape “have been in the fynbos ecosystem for two million years and have been a major population in terms of biomass. One can confidently say that if they are removed, it is 100 percent sure to have an effect on the fynbos. Baboons play a significant role in plant dispersal and reproduction.” (Dave Gaynor, Primatologist)
At KVET, our primary focus is on the protection and preservation of the various baboon troops in the villages that have seen a rise in human/baboon conflict due to the rapid expansion of urban development in recent years. The survival of our baboons along with that of other species is at threat as the growing human population continues to appropriate an area where baboons existed prior to the conservation of the land for urban development.
To this end, KVET would like to offer an alternative baboon management programme to that which has been employed previously; one that utilises more humane methods that are more aligned with best practices prescribed by national and international protocols, and one that will protect both the baboons and residents of the villages alike.
- Status: Not Yet Started
- Status: Ongoing
- Call for Donations
- Call for Volunteers
- Status: In Progress
The Pringle Bay BIO Programme KVET’s Pringle Bay Baboon Information Officer (PB BIO) Programme is designed to lessen human/baboon conflict, protect both wildlife and property, and raise awareness of what it means to live in and around a biosphere. KVET will hire and train Baboon Information Officers (BIOs) who will be stationed in and around […]
Taking the lead from the community of Rooi Els on Baboon-Human coexistence the Resident Education and Welcome initiative aims to work with estate agents and the community to welcome new residents and provide them with information important to living in a UNESCO BIOSPHERE.
Our towns and villages of the Kogelberg are popular holiday destinations for local weekenders and school holiday visitors as well as international visitors. KVET will be assisting holidaymakers and holiday accommodation providers by equipping them with information about enjoying a responsible stay in the Kogelberg Biosphere local area.
Each Village has their own Whatsapp Alerts group for residents to share info on when the baboons are in the area so that others know to be alert and close up windows and doors if needed. These groups are not managed by KVET, please complete this form to leave your number and we will send this to the admin of your local village WhatsApp group to add you.