Conserving Colobus Monkeys
Colobus Conservation was established in 1997 in response to an outcry from local residents about the high number of deaths of the Colobus in the Diani area. Now, many years later, the Trust has numerous projects concerning the wildlife and the citizens of Kenya, including animal welfare, biological/ecological research, community development and education, forest protection and enrichment and eco-tourism awareness programmes.
Colobus Conservation was founded and registered as a charitable organisation in January 1997 as “Wakuluzu: Friends of the Colobus Conservation” and registered as a limited company on 5th March 2001.Since this time, the Trust has evolved at a considerable rate from just a few people working voluntarily, to a charity with a substantial annual turnover and employing nine full time staff members and several casual labourers.
Colobus Conservation initial purpose was to solve the problem of speeding vehicles in Diani that regularly killed monkeys crossing the road. Early in the Trust’s history, this was achieved by building Colobridges, carrying out awareness campaigns and putting up road signs. It was however noticed early on that other human/primate conflicts needed to be resolved as well as habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by the ever expanding human population. The Trust then started developing other innovative solutions to combat habitat loss, electrocutions of primates and poaching of primates as well as carrying out hundreds of animal welfare cases, eco-tours, educational workshops and other projects.
The Colobus Conservation works hard to conserve the nationally threatened Angolan Black and White Colobus Monkey and also many other primate species found in the area. As a conservation volunteer you will help and assist the staff and other volunteers in their efforts to conserve these beautiful creatures.
Established in January 1997, the Trust has a unique niche in the primate world by developing innovative conservation solutions with immediate impact. The Trust relies purely on donations and contributions, therefore the contribution from your placement will assist them greatly.
•To conserve and protect the Angolan Colobus and its habitat in Kenya;
•To inspire interest and participation in primate and environmental conservation;
•To promote the welfare of primates and to reduce the impact of human development on the environment in Diani and Kenya
•To further understanding of the primate species and their conservation
•To be able to respond and deliver a high quality primate rescue and rehabilitation service
•To become a role model for other conservation based charities in Kenya to follow and emulate.
•To be a considerate employer through training and fair wage structure, to be self-funding, producing high quality valuable work and to be transparent.
Set in a beautiful tree-filled plot right next to one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya, Colobus Cottage is an office, research centre, primate rescue facility and home for the Colobus Conservation Volunteers. It is also home to a habituated troop of Colobus monkeys as well as Vervets, Sykes and Baboons.
The Colobus Conservation is situated in Diani, South Coast Kenya, approximately 30 kilometres south of the Likoni Ferry (Mombasa). We are located between Baobab resort and Neptune hotels just after KFI supermarket.
Our Conserving Colobus Monkeys Volunteers accommodation is basic. You will be sharing a room and bathroom with other volunteers. Facilities include electricity, gas, hot showers , overhead fans, mosquito net, cleaning and laundry service. The cook will prepare good quality African meals Monday to Saturday. On Sundays raw foods are provided. The house is in a secure area and has a night guard who patrols the house and garden area, there is also a silent alarm button in each room.
The house/office is nestled in the forest, only 100 meters away from the Indian Ocean and the white sandy beach. Also on the property are the quarantine and rehabilitation cages for monkeys and the veterinary clinic.
The forest of the Colobus Cottage is also home to resident troops of baboons, vervet and Sykes monkeys and the nationally threatened Black and White Angolan Colobus Monkey as well as much more wildlife.
At the Colobus Trust, a hotel near by offers free access to the swimming pool, sun lounger beds, restaurants and bars. Snorkelling, scuba diving, kite surfing, walks in sacred forests, bird walks, are also locally available at own cost. Trips to the nearby national parks can also be arranged from Diani.
Breakfast is help yourself, but lunch and supper will be prepared by the cook Monday to Saturday. Meals are simple but lots of it! Meat and fish are each served once or twice a week. Vegetarians are easily catered for. Local shops have imported goods, so pretty much anything can be purchased. The only thing to watch out for is monkeys trying to share your lunch!
Transfers are included in the rate.
Upon arrival at Nairobi Airport you will have to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Once you have cleared customs formalities proceed to the domestic terminal for your onward domestic flight. The domestic terminal is clearly marked and within walking distance. On arrival at Mombasa Airport you will be met by a representative of the Colobus Conservation who will have your name on a board. They will then transport you to the Trust headquarters where you will be introduced to the rest of the team and volunteers.
Email / Internet – Provided by the trust for work related projects only. For personal use, volunteers who bring a laptop, can purchase a local dongle and sim card (approx £20.00), alternatively there are numerous internet cafes that can be used in the evening or on weekends. Connections are strong and video Skype is possible. The internet is also readily and cheaply available via an internet compatible mobile phone
Telephone – There is a mobile phone on site for work related and emergency calls, however it is strongly recommended that volunteers bring an unlocked mobile and purchase a local sim(50p). Calls from East Africa to the UK are relatively cheap and certainly cheaper than using a roaming facility. If your mobile can not be unlocked, basic mobile phones can be brought in Diani for around £20.00
The long rainy season in Kenya occurs April / May /June and the short rainy season in November.
Your normal working week at Colobus Conservation will be Monday to Friday 0800 to 1700, and some help on Sunday with care of monkeys in rehabilitation, times may vary depending on working conditions.
Saturdays and evenings are spent at your own lesiure.
You are also welcome to take time off to experience some of the amazing national parks and other highlights of Kenya.
Meals All fieldwork
Any other visits
Whilst on your placement at the Colobus Conservation you will spend your days working with and assisting the Colobus Conservation staff and other volunteers. This could involve any thing from working at the Colobus Conservation head quarters to assisting out in the field where the various species of primates roam wild.
Your normal working week at Colobus Conservation will be Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00, and some help on Sunday with care of monkeys in rehabilitation. Saturdays and evenings are your own.
You are also welcome to take time off to experience some of the amazing national parks of Kenya.
Details during your placement at Colobus Conservation you will work with other volunteers and permanent staff. Because of the nature of the programme there are no guarantees as to the type of conservation work you will get involved in.
Your placement may include assisting in the following:
•Repairing or installing ‘colobridges’ (monkey-crossing bridges over Diani Beach road);
•Removing vegetation from power lines to stop monkeys from being electrocuted;
•Assisting with school education workshops at the Colobus Conservation;
•Conducting monkey census or other research of colobus, sykes, vervet and baboon populations;
•Conducting specific habitat-related surveys;
•Removing snares from forests;
•Assisting with maintenance and repair work at the Colobus Conservation (e.g. painting cages, building new infrastructures);
•Clearing invasive shrubs, planting trees and other practical conservation work in sacred ‘kaya’ forests;
•Assisting with office based work (e.g. preparing Colobus Conservation newsletters, helping with membership programme)Animal rescue is conducted by the trained staff of the Colobus Trust, however volunteers are welcome to observe.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change
Comprehensive Information Pack
Country & Area : Diani Beach, Kenya
Nearest Airport : Mombassa Airport
Transfer Time : ± 1 hr 40 min
Duration : 3 – 12 weeks
Minimum Age : 21