Colobus Conservation

Colobus Conservation, Diani Beach: Hours, Address, Colobus Conservation Reviews: 4.5/5

Colobus Conservation
4.5
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8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Colobus Conservation was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit organisation to promote conservation of the colobus monkeys and address the threats to its survival. The organization works in partnership with local communities to promote the conservation of the colobus, along with other endemic primate species, and the unique coastal forest habitat on which they depend. Today Colobus Conservation programmes focus on habitat conservation and community linkages as well as human/primate conflict management, welfare, education and research. The objectives and work of Colobus Conservation is recognised internationally by AZA Colobus Species Survival Plan (SSP), Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) accreditation and are supported by well known conservationists Jonathon and Angela Scott through their role as Patrons.
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Jo-Ann
Vancouver, Canada11 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I arrived late in the day partially expecting it to be preparing to close but I was graciously welcomed. Mary was really warm and friendly. They had a room of information on posters then I watched a video. Mary then took me foe a walk around the property and we tried to locate some Colobus monkeys (to no avail). There were some monkeys in the centre being rehabilitated which I could view from afar. This is not a zoo where you visit to see lots of monkeys but they seem to be doing a good job on community conservation.
Written July 19, 2021
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Tim M
3 contributions
Feb 2021
I had a great tour guided by Mr Mwarabu. He was excellent in teaching me about the primates. I learnt a lot about the conservation of the primates which was a real eye opener for me. A good job done by the conservationists. A muse see if you are in the area.
Written April 20, 2021
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Jens J
Hamburg, Germany19 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Was a very nice experience to be here. It is a nice initiative that helps to protect the monkeys. Many are being killed by cars or non-insulated powerlines and efforts being done by the conservatory to improve the natural habitat of the monkeys. We enjoyed the short tour. Don't expect to see too many monkeys though.
Written October 15, 2020
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PinkIncs
Corsham, UK72 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We visited during normal opening hours, the place was scruffy and looked like a deserted house. We thought we had the wrong place. Staff seemed confused why we were there and informed us the guide had gone to the shops, they didnt know when they would be back. We felt a bit relieved to not have to go through with the tour. There were a few large monkeys cages around the driveway but nothing spectacular. Really disappointing.
Written April 10, 2021
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BENJAMIN MACHANI
Diani Beach, Kenya5 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Was here in the beginning of The Year, everything went on well.
i highly recommend people to visit the place and adapt a Monkey.
Written April 8, 2019
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Mercy
Nairobi, Kenya6 contributions
Jul 2014 • Business
The cooperation they've with the community,the staff are very knowledgeable and warm.going round the park gives a closer relation with the apes and how they survive accidents,bringing up orphaned and abandoned monkeys,their treatment,feeding etc. so lovely
Written August 22, 2014
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Adamandlibby
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
I did volunteer work here in December 2012. (Which was completely overly priced for the experience I got)
Speaking on behalf of myself and other female volunteers at the time it was very average.
The owner uses this rehabilitation for her own PHD studies and does little of the work that is involved and gets the volunteers to do all research and maintain the land and other monkeys in rehabilitation areas. (As well as paying Kenyan employees small amounts of cash).
The owners are from the UK and focus a lot only on the colobus monkeys (one of which was treated like a pet more so than in rehabilitation) little to no attention or care is give to the other species of primates unless from volunteers.
I did the Eco-tour myself and at the time it was interesting although not worth the money.

Also I would question if this was a non-for profit organisation as the owners seemed careless and money hungry.

I ended up leaving this voluntary work with other volunteers for a safari instead.
Written December 28, 2013
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I am so sorry that the communication channels fell apart so badly. I know from experience that volunteering starts out with great expectations so this sourness is very unfortunate. Please let me clarify some items which may help to make this a less painful experience for you. Colobus Conservation is overseen by a team of five board members which provides the strategy to the organization. The implementation of the strategy is carried out by the manager who reports directly to the board. Colobus Conservation is not owned by anyone. We have done monkey releases in the past but they were not monitored as well as we would have liked. To ensure that all future releases are carried out with scientific rigor, we requested that the manager do the release for her PhD. In this way, we can standard protocols and ensure the greatest success for releases in the future. As for Betsy, the infant colobus, it is only the extreme levels of care taken by the manager that gave the world the only surviving hand-reared colobus of this subspecies. The manager was asked to go to the US to lecture on these hand-rearing techniques. Now, that individual is full grown and is the surrogate to other colobus orphans. It is understandable that short term volunteers do not see the bigger picture simply due to the time frame. We do encourage people to come for longer periods and that way they get to see a more extensive range of activities. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond.
Written September 20, 2015
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ElDiablo75
Edinburgh, UK134 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Great place, a good cause and the staff are excellent. Very friendly and care of the animals is paramount. Monkeys are released back in toy the wild once they are ready. You’re given a talk on what the sanctuary does to conserve, the various species and some history of the area. Then taken to meet the various monkeys and discuss their behaviours/issues. Then you’re taken on a walk through the indigenous forest while the guide explains facts and figures about the trees and their benefits. Overall a superb trip and especially good as it’s for such an important cause.
Written December 6, 2019
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sharlene271
Malua Bay, Australia2 contributions
Jul 2019
I want to thank Colobus Conservation and the team for an amazing 12 days living in the house as part of the volunteer team. This is a very hands-on conservation project with a range of duties involved each day from cleaning the monkey enclosures, working in the tree nursery, making collar bridges and so so much more. There are so many opportunities to get in involved if you demonstrate your willingness to participate. If you are prepared to work hard, get dirty, and not live in a five-star resort and are interested in primate conservation this is a must project. The team are dedicated and passionate about the project and are always on hand to help and always with a beautiful Kenyan smile.

This is first and foremost a conservation program with a major focus on releasing the monkeys back into the wild, which means there is no handling of the adult monkeys as we don’t want them to become reliant on human interaction. There is an orphan care program which may require some small interaction with the infant monkeys, but once again it is by no means guaranteed or should be expected nor the reason for joining the program alone. The program is 100% about the monkeys well being first and foremost, and that is why this project is unique. For me, all I wanted was to help every day to ensure a better outcome for the monkeys, and that made me smile.

You will see wild monkeys swinging from the trees inside the grounds and jumping on the trampoline (so funny) It’s an experience not to miss.
Written August 6, 2019
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Scarlet8201
Stockholm, Sweden45 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. The tour only takes about 45 minutes, but is very informative. Very scary how the natural habitat of so many species has been taken over by humans - this organisation makes an honest contribution to preserving various vulnerable species. Naturally, one is not allowed to interact or pet the monkeys, as they are prepared to be reintroduced into the wild.

Thanks for an interesting visit!
Written March 29, 2018
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Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to visit us to learn about the project. Your support means so much and without it we would not be able to continue doing the work we do!
Written April 14, 2018
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