The Last Baboons of Good Hope

52mins | 2007NR


Paul Morkel
The Cape of Good Hope, 65 km south of Cape Town in South Africa, is the most south-westerly point of the African continent. This spectacularly beautiful piece if land known as the Cape Peninsula looks like a long crooked finger pointing down to the South Pole. It is home to a multitude of plants and animals including the Chacma baboon (Papio Ursinus). This 52 minute documentary, shot over a period of 7 years, tells the story of the last remaining baboons that are locked into a fierce battle for territory with humans who arrived much later. Since the turn of the century these baboons have effectively been cut off from the rest of their brothers and sisters in Africa by a veritable wall of development. Now they have nowhere else to go and as their natural habitat shrinks, frequent clashes occur with their neighbouring primates, humans.
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