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Jonathan and Angie Scott live in Kenya and spend much of their time in the company of African wildlife.  Their wildlife photography, wildlife pencil drawings, and wildlife books have won awards and recognition throughout the world while their stock images are represented by many of the world's top photographic agencies. The Scotts have dedicated much of their lives to wildlife conservation and are patrons of a number of wildlife conservation societies. Since 2012, they have been supporting Colobus Conservation.


“As conservationists, we welcomed the opportunity to join hands with a local conservation initiative that we know has made a significant difference to the welfare of one of Kenya’s most charismatic primates – the exquisitely-marked Angolan colobus. The organisation pioneered the innovative construction of flexible ladders, which are strung across the roads of Diani at treetop height to cut down on road kills. They also prompted the insulation of some of the deadly power lines, which are taking a heavy toll on the population of colobus in this country.” Jonathan & Angie Scott


Like Jonathan and Angie, you can support Colobus Conservation via: http://www.colobusconservation.org/index.php/donate/fundcolobus


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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 18 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 - on site or data analysis in your own country.


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, GIS, as well as artists, builders and filmmakers - though this list is far from complete!!


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!

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 possible options. Click here. 
Carry out data analysis in your own country. We have data that needs analysis.  If you are looking for a degree project for your Bachelor's or Master's degree, this may be of interest.  There would be no need to be on-site for this.... Do this from your own country.


The infrastructure and support from Colobus Conservation is an ideal location to launch your degree-based field work.  

  • Easily accessible, well-habituated groups of colobus, Sykes, vervets and baboons;
  • Colobus Conservation field team to assist you to find appropriate research groups;
  • Site accessible by air from Nairobi or by road from Mombasa;
  • Shopping facilities and hospital near by;
  • Good internet connection and telephone signal.

Options are open to students to choose: 1) a project of their own; 2) a field-based project suggested by Colobus Conservation; or 3) a project analyzing data collected by Colobus Conservation. 

Suggested projects are variable in terms of amount of field work necessary and the level of statistical and GIS analysis required.

 Download Research Topics

Colobus Conservation is based in Diani, Kenya. Diani is an Indian Ocean beach tourism destination. This suburban town is only 7km2 but is home to approximately 1,400 individuals of four monkey species. There are also two species of galagos. 

Research in Diani is unique in that the focus is on the conservation of medium-sized primates in the anthropogenic environment. Within primatology, this is a growing field of study as wild areas are increasingly being impacted by human development.  Understanding patterns of primate ecology and behaviour as a consequence of specific human-primate conflict situations is important for developing mitigations and conservation approaches in Diani as well as for other wildlife conservationists globally.

 Just a few research suggestions:P1040360

- Weaning of colobus infants

- How monkeys use aerial bridges to cross the road

- Risk factors for primate electrocution on power cables

- Effect of de-snaring activities on the snaring of primates

- Primate population changes over time 

- Adult male colobus relationships in an infanticidal species

Download the Research Topics list for many more project options.

Colobus Conservation is a Primate Field Site for students carrying out research for their...

Master or Doctoral degree.

Colobus Conservation is located in Diani, Kenya, on the South East coast of Kenya. Diani is an ideal location for research due to its high density of habituated primates, amazing white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean, and its accessibility by air and by road.
The office of Colobus Conservation including the student/volunteer housing is at the southern end of Diani on a forested property with wild primates as well as caged primates that are undergoing rehabilitation and release back to the wild. Diani's primates are well habituated and students can study feeding or social behaviours within a few meters of their subjects for all species – colobus, Sykes, vervets, baboons. Because of this, little time is required to start collecting data, especially important if your time is limited. 
The white sand beaches, palm trees and crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, gives Diani a Trip Advisor rating of one of the top 25 beaches in the world and it is only a few meters away from the Colobus Conservation property.  Diani also has all the facilities expected of an international beach destination including hospitals, golf course, beach bars etc. Access to Diani is a flight from Nairobi directly into Ukunda, only a 10 minute drive from Colobus Conservation.
Diani is known for its high primate biodiversity. With four monkey species, there are approximately 1,400 individuals (counted annually!) in the 7 sq km town. Two species of galagos have been recoreded as well.  Diani's vegetation includes patches and remnants of the East African coastal forest ecosystem, one of the top global biodiversity hotspots. Colobus Conservation works in partnership with local communities to address the human – primate conflicts in the area and to preserve the nationally threatened colobus monkey including the conservation of the unique coastal forest habitat on which they depend.
Colobus Conservation programs focus on mitigation strategies for:
  • Habitat degradation;
  • Injuries and deaths due to vehicles;
  • Injuries and deaths due to electrocutions on power lines;
  • Primates kept as pets;
  • Primate Pest Management including crop raiding;
  • Snaring of primates.
We have outlined a variety of primate projects related to these programs and that have a direct conservation benefit. Please click onto the link to view these.

As a student, you can collect your own data or analyse the data already collected by Colobus Conservation. Alternatively, you can research your own topic.
If you would like the list emailed to you or you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We give many thanks to the people and organisations, partners and sponsors, for their generous support without which many more monkeys and trees would not have been saved.  Join us in saying thank you by patronizing their business whenever possible.

SafarilinkWithin Safarilink's corporate responsibility efforts, they generously donate two dollars for each passenger that flies its airline into or out of the Diani/Ukunda airstrip.  This contribution allows us to plan our projects in advance and to further develop our infrastructure needs.

International Primate Protection LeagueThe International Primate Protection League has worked tirelessly in the conservation and protection of all primates since 1973.  IPPL has provided support to Colobus Conservation for many years and we are proud to be listed as one of their Global Partners organisations.

 SAZOO logoConservation is one of the cornerstones of the San Antonio Zoo’s mission.  Having a group of captive colobus monkeys, they provide funding to Colobus Conservation to protect the species in the wild.


   Columbus ZooColumbus Zoo operates its own conservation program, donating money to outside programs as well as participating in their own conservation efforts. Over the past five years the zoo has contributed over $3.3 million to more than 70 projects in 30 countries.


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 Through the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund, financial support is provided to reputable organizations that perform a variety of conservation based activities, research and support.



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