Here are some photos of what goes on.....
C.A.R.E. is a busy place, filled with energy and dynamic, and the credit can only be attributed to the charming and curious chacma baboons that inhabit the centre, along with other wild creatures. With the wild baboon troop roaming around there is never a dull moment at C.A.R.E. and their presence is considered an essential element of the rehabilitation of those in the enclosures. For the baboons undergoing rehabilitation to be able to watch, listen and learn from the wild baboons the rehabilitation at C.A.R.E. is truly extraordinary, additionally it provides a fantastic opportunity for any volunteers and researchers interested in nature and social behaviour to observe the performances of real wild baboons.
C.A.R.E. was established in 1989 by the indomitable Rita Miljo and was the first rehabilitation centre to develop release methods to successfully release the baboons back into the wild. These achievements have been documented in TV shows, documentary’s, books and in stunning photography. It is believed that the success of the releases is multifaceted; the release process is slow, gentle and well planned. The release team spend 4-6 months in the wild with the baboons; teaching them the area which becomes their new home. Vital to a successful release is the rehabilitation process, and in order to achieve this C.A.R.E. relies on volunteers all over the globe coming to the centre to help hand-raise and rehabilitate the baboons which C.A.R.E. rescues.
Volunteers are lucky enough to work hands on with a charming, intelligent species through hand-rearing orphans and working closely with ex-laboratory baboons. Additionally as part of the South African "Bush Experience" volunteers help with essential conservation projects at the centre such as;
Behavioural observations, bush walks, flora and fauna identification, anti-poaching, alien and invasive plant removal, wildlife pond restoration and development, game counts, vegetation surveys and indigenous tree planting.
In the centre itself there is never a dull moment. The orphan baboons are kept busy playing and enjoying walks to the river and the sanctuary baboons enjoy the enrichments made by volunteers. The baboons under-going rehabilitation for release are always busy in their social groups; flirting, squabbling, playing and grooming with one another.