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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.

 

Diani has seen a strong growth in the tourism sector in the last decades leading to deforestation and forest fragmentation. While some primates such as the colobus are threatened with population decline, others such as the yellow baboon are able to adapt to a human-dominated environment. Baboons are opportunistic feeders, omnivorous and take advantage of human food because it is high in energy and a very predictable resource. Baboons living in these conditions can become serious pests, leading to conflicts between humans and baboons especially when baboons raid crop fields or steal food from kitchens and gardens. Read more


As part of the Colobus Conservation Primate Pest Management programme a systematic study of the local baboon population was conducted during the last three months 2012. The aim of the study was to determine the home range of the different troops, quantify the proportion of provisioned food (crops, garbage and ‘stolen’ food) in the diet and identify sites with the potential for human-baboon conflicts.

The preliminary results of the study showed that overall provisioned food makes up a much smaller proportion of the diet (15%) than was anticipated. However, there are marked differences between the troops with some troops relying to more than 20% on provisioned food. An especially surprising result was that the density of baboons is very high in Diani, it is more than three times higher than in other areas in Kenya where baboons also feed on provisioned food. Such a high baboon density can only be supported because of the high amount and easy accessibility of human derived foods.

The study revealed that garbage piles are by far the most important source of provisioned food. This emphasizes that hotels and residents alike can contribute to a decrease in conflicts with baboons by improving their waste management. In addition one baboon troop feeds heavily on crops while another steals food from a hotel kitchen on a daily basis which are further sites of conflict that could be tackled. Although Colobus Conservation strongly advises residents and tourist not to feed monkeys, several instances of people feeding baboons were recorded. This undermines efforts to repel baboons from human-dominated areas.

This study revealed interesting patterns in habitat use and feeding behaviour which will allow Colobus Conservation to set priorities when it comes to reducing conflicts between humans and baboons. When residents in Diani face problems with primates they can contact Colobus Conservation for help in assessing the problem and finding suitable solutions.