South African conservation authorities condemned a new National Geographic show that features baboons ransacking a food-stocked house near Cape Town, saying that it habituates animals to stealing from humans. "We are disappointed that a reputable international wildlife conservation organization such as National Geographic would even consider associating themselves with such a seemingly unethical documentary and distorted conservation message," said Kas Hamman, acting CEO of government-run environmental group CapeNature. To film Big Baboon House, crews hid food around a residence in Pringle Bay and left the doors and windows open, filming with hidden cameras as a troop of Chacma baboons tore apart the house. Aggressive baboons are notorious problem animals around Cape Town, where they break into cars and menace tourists.
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