On refuse collection days the baboon troop plunders through the area often quicker than the collection crew. Abandoned refuse bags are easy pickings for baboons.
Being naturally opportunistic, highly adaptable primates, they learn quickly. The Voelklip troop has evolved into an aggressive, impatient troop, addicted to the sugary rewards of filthy refuse bags and household groceries. Lazy holiday makers and weekenders dump refuse bags on pavements as they leave, and some residents are not securing their bins with baboon proof devices, a bad combination.
Half a loaf of bread is equivalent to a full day foraging in their natural environment. Foraging human refuse and stealing from homes is now leaned behavior for at least 5 new generations of the troop, since the withdrawal of the monitors more than 5 years ago.