Electrocutions account for about 20% of the injury and morality statistics in the Diani area as a percentage of all our animal welfare call-outs.
Data on primate electrocutions has been collected since 1997. Comparing the monthly number of call-outs for electrocution injuries and deaths through the years, it was found that significantly more electrocutions occur in those months with higher rainfall. This is reasonable as during these months the vegetation grows quickly and often trees branch in and around the power lines and transformers. The power lines act as connectors between trees especially in this suburban setting, attracting primates onto the lines in areas where trees have been cut down.
Colobus Conservation, in collaboration with the Kenya Power and Lighting Company and under a strictly agreed protocol,work to prune trees around the power lines and transformers as well as insulating power lines.