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Which would you rather live in?

The description being used for the current Baboon Management on the Cape Peninsula is “creating a landscape of fear” – and they are succeeding.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of coming across the Misty Cliffs troop of baboons foraging in the tidal zone on the edge of Cape Point. In the old days it was always a heartwarming sight to see baboons roaming freely, being appreciated and looked after by the baboon monitors who had an incredible understanding and respect for the baboons, using the ancient practice of herding with claps and whistles to get them to move away from the village and keeping them to their natural foraging sites. The people who had taken the time to learn about baboon behavior through educational walks and how to “baboon proof” their homes were never particularly bothered by the occasional visit when they had left a window open with a tempting fruit bowl in plain sight. Unfortunately, when Baboon Matters stopped managing baboons because, I believe, of a disagreement on the proposed new lethal management techniques, the educational walks were stopped by the authorities and the fear of baboons was allowed to reign unchecked.

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Misty Cliff mom and baby with juvenile

In the current state baboons are being killed in a seemingly random and increasingly regular way because of raiding. Many adult males are being targeted, leaving troops (from my perspective) disparate, confused and downright scared. They are being chased aggressively with paintball guns or worse. They are being conditioned to be terrified of people. Some will say that perhaps in the long run it’s a good thing because they only get hurt by people who don’t understand them. Perhaps, but aren’t we then just giving in to the concept of our separation from nature and creating even more separation? Giving up on trying to understand other species on a deeper level and how to live harmoniously with them? Humans are increasingly wanting to get out of the city and live in nature, but when nature becomes inconvenient, or a little bit scary, it has to go?

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In the days when people were allowed to walk on the mountains of the Cape Peninsula to learn about baboons in their natural environment.

When I started practicing animal communication, working with wildlife was big on my agenda, and my main aim in my work has always been to help heal this great separation sickness which man is suffering from. Would it not be wonderful to live in a landscape of love for each species, instead of a landscape of fear?

The choice is yours. The opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. One of the things I teach in my introduction courses is to face your fears whether it be of spiders or of feeling foolish. To acknowledge your fears, recognize them and then transform them with the energy of unconditional love. I leave you with these words by African Sanusi, Baba Credo Mutwa, when he was faced with a man- eating lion:

“That lesson taught me that ferocious beasts, like ferocious humans, are driven on by the scent of fear. It also taught me that if you can conquer fear, you will not receive violence in return. If we humans can overcome this thing called fear, we can overcome the ills of this world and live in harmony. The trick is to face your fear, and look into it as if it is the face of your lover. Our mistake is that we forget that lions- all animals in fact, are blessings from God.”

Please support the Baboon Matters Art Auction on the 29th October, with works by top South African Artists. This the first event of our fundraising campaign to look into alternative and sustainable solutions for baboons in South Africa, who’s numbers are decreasing rapidly with the current lethal management systems.

See here for details: www.baboonmatters.org.za/art-auction/

All photos courtesy of Baboon Matters Trust


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Gina’s World

In February this year I was filmed for “Gina’s World” a program on Swedish National Television. Gina Dirawi became famous for her video blogs as a teenager, and she now has her own show where she travels around the world interviewing interesting people. My work with the Global White Lion Protection Trust intrigued her, and she and her crew flew out to meet me there. Her respectful and honest attitude made this an incredibly special experience, not least so, because when she arrived she had a childhood fear of animals.

Please click here to watch: Gina learns how to communicate with animals

For those who have not yet been to visit the Global White Lion Protection Trust in the north east of South Africa, or Africa at all, it gives a good example of the type of experience most people encounter when visiting this special environment with me. For those who have been there, Enjoy!

My 10 day Star Lion Journey in November has 2 places still available. The next trip of this kind will only be available again in 2017. So book now for this incredible and life changing experience: starlionjourneys.org/upcoming-journeys/

please email lee@starlionjourneys.org to book now!


A brief look at Wynter’s Calendar for 2016

for all South African events please email trish@animaltalkafrica.co.za for more details and to book.

January 14th- 17th
Mpumulanga, South Africa
4 day Star lion Journey in Support of Global White Lion Protection Trust

February 6th -7th
Cape Town, South Africa
Introduction to Animal Communication

February 13th -14th
Cape Town, South Africa
Animal Communication II – Advancing your skills

April 21st-24th
Prague, Czech Republic
Introduction to Animal Communication and  AC II- Advancing your skills
2 workshops in English and Czech

Contact sarka@krasnacarodejka.cz for more details

April 30th – May 1st
Modena, Italy
Animal Communication II – Advancing your skills
In Italian and English

Contact andreacontri@hotmail.com for more details

July 16th-19th
Mpumulanga, South Africa
4 day Star Lion Journey in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust

October 9th – 17th
Kenya
Oneness Safari

Visit www.avani.travel/african-safari/ for more details

December 8th-12th
Italy
Nature Communication Retreat

Contact andreacontri@hotmail.com for details