Baboons and vervet monkeys are the most popular with hunts being cheaper than those for other animals such as leopards and elephants. As reported by The Daily Mirror, one of the organisations facilitating these hunts is Umlilo Safaris in South Africa. In response, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer, said: “It is completely inhuman to shoot creatures who are so like us. What were these people thinking when they bought a ‘monkey-hunting holiday’?
"They’re a disgrace to our country. The people who do this should be in jail. This is a crime against nature.”
One hunter and his wife left a comment on the firm’s website saying: “Both our visits have exceeded our expectations in every aspect.”
Several customers have posted graphic images online of themselves with their kills.
One user who posted on Facebook, responded to critics by remaking: “Didn’t realise everyone was vegetarian.”
A trophy hunter with a baboon killed on an Umilo Safaris trip (Image: Daily Mirror )
Africa Hunt Lodge is one company selling hunts (Image: Africa Hunt Lodge)
One organisation, Africa Hunt Lodge, also South African, charges £81 to take a vervet monkey home as a trophy.
The website of the company says: “They travel in large groups, so we will be able to find the older males from the group.
"Many of these vervet monkeys raid our orange crops so culling out these monkeys is of great importance to us.”
There as been a fall of Old World primates from millions to just 250,000 in recent years and they are sold on the black market as well as being hunted.
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A still from an Africa Hunt Lodge video (Image: Africa Hunt Lodge)