Baboon Reflection

How I Will Respond to the Culling of a Baboon Troop with Negative Interactions in a Human Community


Baboons are a type of “Old World” monkey family. There are 5 types of baboon species, with the Chacma baboon being the largest. These monkeys are trichromatic, which means it is easy for them to pick out certain fruits and vegetables. This can make the monkeys a huge pest, as they can be picky omnivorous. This means that baboons may develop specific tastes for specific foods. Being omnivores also means that these monkeys are equipped with not only deadly canine teeth, but also powerful muscles, allowing it to run faster than a human running on land. A troop that may so happen develop a passionate taste for certain crops, livestock, pet dogs and cats, or even hunting little kids, may develop a pattern and a repeating history of deadly interactions.

Apart from unlucky altercations between humans and baboons, habitat destruction is the leading cause of the declining baboon population. More and more of their land is being cut down and replaced into homes, increasing the risk of negative interactions in the conflicting area. Despite these struggles of the baboons, one important facet to the problem is that the baboons are not endangered, as their reproductive system adapts to population density. With that knowledge, and that certain monkeys and their troops may develop ingrained tastes for foods, we must cull troops of baboons that have a history of being bad. As we build homes that encroach upon their original territory, baboons that love livestock or little kids can become a deadly and violent problem in a human community. Culling these types of troops seems to me, to be the best option as humans develop more infrastructure in the area.