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“Educating experience”

Colobus Conservation
Ranked #6 of 40 things to do in Diani Beach
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 19, 2014

We visited the colobus trust whilst staying at diani sea resort. It cost 750ksh per person for an hour tour. We were given loads of interesting information on colobus and other monkeys and all our questions answered. They do amazing work to protect the monkeys and try to prevent them from coming to harm. Injured colobus monkeys are also taken here to be treated and rehabilitated.

Thank Kayleigh_M_Williams
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

A very informative tour ,met some very dedicated people,price is now 750 kenyan shillings, and although in a good cause i felt sightly to much, but they have to keep going to save the monkeys,felt that the goverment should help them more after all they are trying to help the local wildlife and this also makes tourist come .Well done to you all.

Thank susan k
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

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.

4  Thank Adamandlibby
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Colobus C, Manager at Colobus Conservation, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2015

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.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

The information provided, the forest trail guided walk, the dedication of staff and volunteers, the work involved, the continuing education of local people - all awe inspiring and in much need of support - visit if you can!!

Thank taffyemmie
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

One of the most disappointing tours we have ever had. You expect everything when Lonely Planet says it's "Top Choice". But instead it's a stroll around the garden without any animals. And they charge really adult prices. I know it;s for a good cause, but ask immediately for the money and spare me the boring walk around your patch of land. And almost impossible to find. No sign whatsoever from the road. Big no!

Thank Heiko L
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Colobus C, Manager at Colobus Conservation, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2015

Dear Heiko,

We are incredibly sorry you did not enjoy your experience at Colobus Conservation.

Colobus Conservation is an organisation that primarily addresses human/wildlife conflict in the Diani area of Kenya. One result of this is that we do operate a rehabilitation centre for sick, injured and orphan monkeys. However, it is our mandate to return these animals back to the wild and their troop as soon as they are fit and ready. As such we are not a zoo and can not guarantee that our enclosures will contain animals for visitors to view.

We do offer an excellent educational tour that informs the visitor of the problems faced by the wildlife of Diani in the face of continued development and the mitigation techniques we employ to try and encourage humans and wildlife to exist side by side, without conflict. This includes a tour of our gardens and nature trail which are design to encourage local wildlife. Normally visitors are able to see and enjoy truly wild animals relaxing, playing and eating. Sadly it appears this was not the case on your visit.

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