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Our Mission
To promote, in close co-operation with other organisations and local communities, the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular the Angolan colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and its associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya.


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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.


Over the last couple of weeks Colobus Conservation staff and volunteers have been busy updating and upgrading our current enrichment schedule. Helen Page, an eco-volunteer who joined us earlier this month has been leading this project based on knowledge she brought with her from working in UK zoos. Read more


Enrichment is an animal husbandry technique that has been designed to improve the care and reduce potential boredom of captive animals. The purpose of enrichment is to increase the range and number of species-specific behaviours, and reduce the frequency of abnormal or stereotypical (repetitive actions with no obvious personal gain) behaviours. In addition to this, Colobus Conservation designs its enrichment program to teach the monkeys essential life skills such as foraging for insects or sleeping and moving in branches, ultimately better preparing them for life back in the wild.


Helen and the Colobus Conservation Team initially focused their attention on our pre-release vervet and Sykes monkey’s. These individual are from a range of ages and backgrounds e.g. orphans and ex-pets. Enrichment for these primates needs to be varied so that there is something to engage all individuals while keeping it natural and replicating what would be found in the wild and encourage natural behaviours.


Yesterday Browse Bars were the order of the day and trialled for the first time this morning. This enrichment item aims to replicate how browse (wild leaves and flowers) would be seen and accessed in the wild. In addition it provides a challenge to the monkeys on how they can get to their preferred browse branch which will involve climbing, pulling and manoeuvring branches from the feeders.


An example of browse bars before hung in the enclosures

For browser bars logs are collected and numerous holes are drilled through the log along its length and ropes added to allow the browser bars to be hung on the inside of the enclosure.


Browse bars hung up and ready to use


This morning, while cleaning the monkeys, the browse bars were tied to the inside mesh of the enclosures. Branches of leaves and flowers were then collected and placed vertically into the holes of the browse bars for the monkeys to pull at.




Once in place the monkeys were allowed access and were able to begin enjoying their new feeders and puzzling over how to reach their desired branch and access the delicious bourgainvillea and flamboyant flowers.

Juvenile vervet and Sykes exploring the new Browse BarsAdult vervet monkey exploring the new Browse Bars