Earlier in the year National Geographic researchers filming a documentary about Great White sharks in False Bay met with huge critisism for altering the behaviour of sharks in the area and it culminated with the death of a bodyboarder soon after they left HERE. Now National Geographic have once again angered Cape residents with a new documentary that locals say is encouraging baboons to raid houses while they are trying to prevent that behaviour.
CEO of Cape Nature stated that they strongly condemn the behaviour displayed by the producers and the show is rewarding baboons for breaking into houses. Basically the documentary, Big Baboon House, centers around a well stocked house in Pringle Bay with windows and doors left open. Hidden cameras around the house film the baboons as they raid the house. Check it.
I swear if i lived in Pringle Bay and my house gets raided by baboons now i would send an immedite legal letter to National Geographic claiming for compensation for damages…loss of food and also that baboons stole my Macbook Air, my Rolex and the drove off in my Ferrari that nobody knew my long lost uncle kept in the garage.
“CapeNature condemns the feeding of baboons and the deliberate staging of an environment to encourage raiding behaviour by baboons. Films like this make the baboon issue, which is already difficult to manage, even more difficult, and it does not contribute to conservation at all. It creates the public perception that it is okay to lure baboons into the house and feed them. This sort of thing can eventually lead to their destruction. It leads to unnatural behaviour, especially by the dominant males, and action then has to be taken against these males, such as euthanasing them. And that’s the pity of this,” [Cape Times]
Ya..not a very bright idea to reward baboons for breaking into houses.
Also the head of UCT’s baboon research unit, Justin O’Riain, says he was duped into appearing in the documentary and that the show spliced in sections of an interview they did with him even after he stated that he would not be part of an ‘unethical’ documentary.