Killing a respected media brand, one cut at a time

by Melanie Gosling
Environment Writer

CapeNature has slated National Geographic’s Big Baboon House documentary as “shocking” and strongly condemned it for encouraging baboons to raid a house for food.

And the head of UCT’s Baboon Research Unit, Justin O’Riain, is furious that National Geographic has spliced into the television series sections of an interview with him, although he had told producers he would not be part of the “unethical” documentary. …

Read the whole story here.


  • Feeding baboons is illegal in South Africa unless they are in captivity or being transported. NatGeo has blown their credibility wide open on this “baboon house” story alone. Fascinating to read more about their shenanigans. National Geographic should start marketing themselves in the fiction comic section of any bookshop or magazine rack IMO. Certainly, that is where they belong. Our family have treated the yellow rectangle (wrecked-angle) with such reverence for decades – now those once carefully preserved monthly volumes will be cut up for assignment pictures and used for starting winter fires.

    • Lee – Thanks for the details about South African law. I’m still not clear how NG has justified what they’ve done. 

      Re: your reassessment of National Geographic’s reputation — you are not alone. It’s also one reason I’m running this web project. … If you’re so inclined, I’d welcome a “Like” on Dear John: Let’s Talk (right sidebar). It’d be great to persuade John Fahey to begin addressing some of these issues.Thanks for your comment… and for stopping by.  

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