Colobus Conservation have successfully hand-reared the world’s first Angolan black and white colobus monkey to two years old and she is now being prepared for release back in to the wild. A second, 18 month old infant who was abandoned at six months old is also being prepared for release. This is brand new work and as a colobus of this subspecies has never before been successfully hand-reared in a zoo or sanctuary setting, this type of release has never occurred with this species. In addition we are in the process of hand rearing a third colobus orphan. Read more
Over the last few months at Colobus Conservation we have been witnessing an interesting rivalry and dominance struggle between two wild vervet monkeys for the alpha male position in our release troop. In January 2013 the previous alpha male, Handy-Jo, was killed in a human wildlife conflict, while this was a terrible occurrence it is unfortunately not an isolated incident. In 2012 there were a reported 178 human wildlife conflict incidents involving monkeys within Diani, these included cases of electrocution by unisulated power lines, road traffic accidents, stoning, individuals doused in paint and even one baboon was killed with a bow and arrow. Read more
The Colobus Corridor Project is aiming to partner with home owners, renters, kiosk owners, hoteliers and other residents of Diani to plant indigenous trees. These trees will grow and reconnect forest patches within Diani keeping our town’s natural beauty that brought most of us here in the first place. Read more
The key aim of Colobus Conservation is to identify and undertake projects that will give a direct impact to primate and/or forest conservation in south eastern Kenya. Specifically, the core programs are focused on five main areas of human/primate conflict while cross-cutting these core programs is Colobus Conservation's [animal welfare] and [education programs].
Our main program areas are:
Betsy - The hand reared Colobus MonkeyBetsy was found abandoned when she was only two weeks old - this was in January 2011. Neither zoos nor Colobus Conservation had success in raising infant colobus of this subspecies previously however, new methods were employed which brought startling results. Betsy is now a year and a half old and visits the wild colobus group daily in preparation for her final release.
Mining at Mrima HillMrima Hill forest holds Kenya's fifth largest population of south coast's subspecies of colobus monkeys. It is also gazetted as a forest reserve & National Monument. Regardless, this hill is targeted for opencast mining which will require the stripping of the surface of the hill - or in other words, 100% biological destruction.
Colobus angolensis palliatus repository of informationColobus Conservation has pulled together available information on this colobus subspecies. We urge people to use this repository freely. We also urge people to Contact Us with additions, corrections and comments, keeping our records up-to-date. [IUCN Red List][Reports & Publication]
We have been offering volunteer positions for more than 15 years at our location along the world class beach in Diani, Kenya, and are now well regarded in volunteering circles around the world!
- Gain valuable experience in your area of interest;
- Take a career break or try your career skills in a new setting;
- Do your thesis field work with us.
When you come and volunteer with us, you will be carrying out primate and forest conservation activities which make a real difference!
While we are looking for foresters and primatologists, we also need people from all walks of life, so we are always looking for skills from a diverse background including experience in photography, journalism, teaching, medical/veterinary background , GIS, as well as artists, builders and filmmakers - though this list is far from complete!!
If you are a student looking for field work opportunities for a undergraduate, master's or doctoral thesis, we have a support infrastructure and unique location that allows students a great opportunity to find unique and ecologically important topics to study. Get in touch to talk to us about your needs. Click here.
We are located along one of the best beaches in the world, with hotel nightlife, restaurants and modern hospital facilities. Combine conservation with a beach holiday!