After the very successful Winter social evening when so many Rooielsers met for the first time, or renewed old ties, we have received requests to host another. So a gathering to celebrate Spring is planned - provisionally Saturday 10th September. More details will follow soon. Please be sure that as many people as possible know about this. We do not yet have the contact details of some - so please encourage everyone you meet to come.
In the meantime we hear that some new Rooielsers are having trouble with the baboons. We all sympathise. Almost everyone has had them messing up their house! It takes a while to get used to it, but in the long term we do. We adapt and we even grow to love them as part of our Biosphere reserve village. The Rooiels website has some ideas to help make that adaptation easier. You will find general information on Baboons in the Nature section of the website: click on Baboons here to go directly to the page.
If you would like to go straight to tips on how to protect your home, click here.
If you would like to find out what to do if they get into your home, or when you are walking, click on "how to behave around baboons"
In essence, the most important is to stay calm. Baboons have never injured a person in Rooiels even after all these years of living so closely with us. If baboons do get into your house, or approach you or your children when you have food with you either walking or in a car - do not fight them over food. Drop the food and move back. In a house, ensure there is no-one blocking their exit.
We all chose to live in Rooiels, a nature reserve, and baboons are part of our environment. This has many benefits but also some challenges and adapting to the baboons is one of those! It helps to have some understanding of how best to get along with them and the information on the website will give you some pointers, and your neighbours will too!
Go to Living the Vision of Rooiels to learn more about how Rooielsers have chosen to care for each other and nature. The Key Information section of the website also gives you more information on living in this area and the Nature section has lots of interesting information on the flora and fauna.
Highlights of the different news and camera bulletins