Just a few of the activites and research projects recently and currently being carried out include:
Cleaning and feeding the resident monkey cages;
Caring for infants;
Colobus feeding and home range ecology;
Enrichment in the primate enclosures;
Hotel primate pest assessments.
Marketing, fundraising and event organising
Assisting with education days ad community outreach projects
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.
Volunteers must fit into one of the below category;
1) Be 22 years of age or above on arrival
2) Have a degree (or be studying towards one) in a relevant subject including Pri-matology, Biology, Conservation, Botany, Ecology or other natural Sciences OR
3) Be qualified in a profession we can utilize for example Teacher, Marketer, Plumber, Electrician, Fundraiser, Animal Carer to name a few.
All year round
Volunteers will stay at the Colobus Cottage which are the offices of Colobus Conservation, located in Diani Beach, Kenya, 33km south of Mombasa, right on one of the most beautiful beaches in Kenya. The area is developed for the tourism industry with hotels, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, chemists, fruit & vegetable stalls, two hospitals, dentist, post office, banks etc. all within a 5 minute drive away.
The Colobus Cottage is clean but simple. You will be sharing one room and bathroom with up to four other volunteers and will be expected to 'fend for yourself', so independent, easy-going, sociable and tidy people will get along the best. Facilities include: electricity (though not always reliable especially during the rains), gas stove, showers (cold and brackish), overhead fans, laundry service, cleaner/house man, drinking water delivery. The house is in a secure area and has a security service as well as a night-time guard who patrols the house grounds. There is a cook who prepares lunch and dinner of good quality simply African fare for the volunteers. The meals are generally vegetarian with an occasional fish and meat dish.
The organisation was established in 1997 in response to an outcry from local residents about the high number of deaths of colobus monkeys on the Diani Beach road. Now, many years later, Colobus Conservation has numerous projects concentrating on research and solutions for human/primate conflicts including animal welfare, biological/ecological research, community development and education, forest protection and enrichment and eco-tourism awareness program.
Duration Cost (Ksh)
2 weeks 71,500
3 weeks 82,500
4 weeks 110,000
5 weeks 137,500
6 weeks 159,500
7 weeks 181,500
8 weeks 203,500
9 weeks 225,500
10 weeks 231,000
11 weeks 247,500
12 weeks 264,000
Per week thereafter 11,000