Volunteer in Kenya! Volunteers are based in the beach resort town of Diani, Kenya. Carry out wildlife and forest conservation overlooking the beautiful white sand beaches and clear waters of the Indian Ocean while enjoying warm evenings dancing by moonlight at the local hotels and restaurants. All with the security of good quality hospitals and pharmacies near-by.
There are a variety of projects underway at Colobus Conservation at any one time. Volunteers will be allocated to specific projects or duties dependent upon the individual's relative experience, current openings and the volunteer's interest.
Though research experience is interesting for us, we are looking also for people from a diverse background including but certainly not limited to teachers, photography, GIS, botany, editors/writers, artistic ability, sales ability, carpentry etc.
Activities & Research
Just a few of the activites and research projects recently and currently being carried out include:
- Cleaning and feeding the resident monkey cages;
- Tree planting in the local sacred forests;
- Caring for infants;
- Colobus feeding and home range ecology;
- Colobus census;
- Baboon home range analysis;
- Baboon feeding ecology specifically looking at use of artificial food stuffs (i.e. rubbish pits);
- Enrichment in the primate enclosures;
- Hotel primate pest assessments.
Research projects change regularly due to immediate needs of the organisation. We prefer to assign a priority project to a volunteer based on that person's experience and interest. Volunteers conducting research, should expect to spend half days in the field, often on private and hotel properties. Training & supervision in appropriate research techniques are provided.
Other upcoming projects include
- Fecal analysis on the different primate species in Diani;
- Survivorship of saplings in the re-forestation project.
We also have opportunities for undergraduate, master's and doctoral research. The infrastructure and support from Colobus Conservation is an ideal base to launch your field work. Because of our unique situation of having access to many well habituated groups of all species in Diani, a plethora of unique behaviorally and ecologically important topics can be studied.
Please Contact Us and provide a short summary of your research interest and dates available and we can work together with you and your supervisor to provide the information necessary for your field work to be a success.
For those of you who are unable to travel to Kenya, we have long term data that requires analysis. If you would like to carry out an aspect of our data analysis for your degree, we would also be interested in that. Potential data analysis projects are injury and deaths of monkeys on the roads, electrocution of monkeys on powerlines and colobus feeding ecology.