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Making New Friends

On the morning of January 24th we were alerted to a welfare case near Indian Ocean Resort. Upon arrival we were given a metal crate with a month old male vervet infant inside and then taken to an adult female vervet, the infant’s mother, who sadly was already dead. Read more


Births, deaths and injuries at Colobus Conservation

Colobus Conservation’s wild colobus home troop have had a very eventful few days encompassing a takeover attempt, births, deaths and injuries. Read more


Clicker Training Betsy, a pre-release Angolan colobus monkey

With each new carer or researcher that comes to Colobus Conservation to help with the rehabilitation and release of our hand reared monkeys, come a wave of new ideas on how situations can be improved or new things we can try. Often the suggestions have been tried before or more frequently they are used at a specific point of the individuals’ rehabilitation and not as a daily event. However, when Johanna Olsson, Betsy’s new release coordinator, arrived in December she made a suggestion that was unique, had not been tried before and after just four weeks of implementation appears to be making an extraordinary change to Betsy’s behaviour. Read more


Forest & Primate Programs

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:

Habitat Loss

Primate Pest Management

Road Injuries & Mortalities

Primate Electrocutions

Snaring of Primates & Primates as Pets (Rehabilitation & Release)

 

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Betsy - The hand reared Colobus Monkey

Betsy 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.

Mrima Hill

Mining at Mrima Hill

Mrima 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 in Tree

Colobus angolensis palliatus repository of information

Colobus 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]

Morning Cleaning of Cages

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!

Teachers!

We currently have one opening for a qualified teacher to revitalise our education program, develop our education center games and tourist information boards.  Special rates will be applied for this volunteer.  Contact Us

Veterinarians!

We have an on-site veterinary clinic and are looking for a qualified veterinarian or vet assistant to assist our local veterinarian in carrying out our policies and procedures.  Special rates will be applied for this volunteer. Contact Us

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