Colobus Conservation
Colobus Conservation
4.5
8:00 AM - 1:00 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
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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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Theyorkshirecurlew
London, UK62 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I highly recommend this for a 2 hour visit. We learned about the conservation project, both via a video and a short talk and saw plenty of monkeys and took a guided stroll through the amazing forest that is their home. The staff were very knowledgable and informative.

I am involved in conservation back at home on a part time , voluntary basis with and think the set up here is very professional. They employ 16 staff including a full-time vet and and are on call 24/7 to rescue injured or abandoned monkeys. Local people tell me they are very responsive to calls. They use a lot of scientific research and data to inform their work. This is local conservation at its best and is a great (and light) education for western kids of 10 years old upwards.

As important they do educative programmes for kids and schools in the local area and work with a variety of local companies and organisations to protect these wonderful primate species that are still frequently seen in the area.

Highly recommended.
Written July 25, 2022
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UnaW
Watford, UK1,850 contributions
Oct 2022
We were glad we came to have the tour and learn about the work of this organisation. Some wild monkeys live around the grounds and some are the rescued animals that they are looking after until they can be released. It was fascinating to learn how they train monkeys on the skills they will need in the wild and even track them to see how they are adjusting when they are no longer caged. The animals are treated with respect and it is important to know that this is not a zoo or an animal collection where you are encouraged to get close.
I learnt how the team can visit homes who have had bother from monkeys and advise them on how to make their gardens more "monkey-friendly" by planting more indigenous trees and bushes. It was a fascinating hour and a half and recommended to anyone who loves wildlife and conservation.
Written October 21, 2022
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Michaela P
Weston super Mare, UK6 contributions
Oct 2022
We visited the Colobus Conservation one morning whilst staying near by and it was a really great experience. Maria welcomed us in, explained about their work and gave us a tour. She was really knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what they do. All the team are clearly doing a wonderful job and the impact they are having is incredible. I would definitely recommend a visit to support them, and get to see this wonderful place.
Written November 13, 2022
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Jo-Ann
Vancouver, Canada12 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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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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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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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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