Volunteer with Colobus Monkeys
Would you like to experience living in the heart of one of the worlds top biodiversity hotspots near sandy white beaches while helping to conserve the amazing Colobus monkey, the local forest and its inhabitants? Then you should volunteer with Colobus Conservation in Kenya.
The forest ecosystem of the coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania is listed as one of the top global biodiversity hotspots by Conservation International. The forests are abound with plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, including the nationally threatened Angolan black and white colobus.
Today however, the greatest threat to these primates is habitat destruction. In Kenya the once extensive coastal forests on which the Angolan colobus depend, has been reduced to a fragmented patchwork along a narrow coastal strip. This fragile resource is made up of gazetted forest reserves and conservation areas, community managed forests and woodlands including culturally important and sacred “kaya” forests and privately owned forest and woodland patches. Sadly, forest loss and degradation is continuing due to pressures from agricultural expansion, urban and tourist development, tree cutting for firewood, charcoal, carving wood, and clearance for mining.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Mombasa or Diani Airports|
|INCLUDED||[icon_tick state=”on”]Airport transfer to program location
[icon_tick state=”on”]Accommodations (shared)
[icon_tick state=”on”]Housekeeper for Accommodations
[icon_tick state=”on”]All Meals
Chef provided to cook 2 meals from Monday-Saturday.
Breakfast items provided and ingredients to cook your own food.
|NOT INCLUDED||[icon_tick state=”off”]Airfare to Pickup location
[icon_tick state=”off”]Passport & Visa Fees
[icon_tick state=”off”]Travel/Medical Insurance
[icon_tick state=”off”]Personal Equipment
[icon_tick state=”off”]Excursions and costs during days off
Eco-volunteers are needed that meet one of the following:
– Have a degree (or be studying towards one) in a relevant subject including Primatology, Biology, Conservation, Botany, Ecology or other natural Sciences
– Or be qualified in a profession we can utilize for example Teacher, Marketer, Plumber, Electrician, Fundraiser, Animal Carer to name a few
Researchers are needed that meet one of the following:
– Must have completed and graduated from an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
– Have some field experience
– Ideally will commit for a 6 month duration, however, shorter terms may be possible for some projects.
About the Organization
Colobus Conservation (CC) was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization to promote the 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 programs focus on habitat conservation and community links as well as human/primate conflict management, welfare, education and research. These form the basis of the work a volunteer will be involved in during their stay with CC. Our objectives and work is recognized nationally by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and internationally by AZA Colobus Species Survival Plan (SSP), Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) accreditation. We are also supported by well-known conservationists Jonathon and Angela Scott through their role as Patrons.
|Duration||2 week minimum|
Learn more about Colubus Conservation and their volunteer programs at www.colobusconservation.org.