Project: Colobus Monkeys in Kenya


www.globalspirit.nlThe black and white colobus monkeys found in East Africa are magnificent forest animals. The beautiful black fur of a colobus strongly contrasts to the long white mantle, whiskers and beard around the face and the bushy white tail. Unfortunately there are only 3800 Angolan black white colobus monkeys left in Kenya and estimated only 10 to 1500 left in the world. The colobus monkeys are threatened mainly by habitat destruction, but pet trade, road traffic accidents and electrocutions are also a major threat.

Other monkeys which you will meet while working at this project are:

  • Vervet: As ex-pets, the caged vervet troop is being rehabilitated so that they can be released back in to the wild. Watch them interact with the wild group around the project.
  • Sykes: Mischievous, these are the most plentiful, keep your snacks safe, they might come and help themselves!
  • Baboon: There are plentiful yellow baboons and they are full of character.
  • Bush baby: They are noisy and nocturnal. These fantastic prosimians will entertain you in the evenings.
  • Other animals: Recently the project has worked with squirrels, civet cats, birds, monitor lizards and others.

The project

www.globalspirit.nlVolunteer with monkeys in Kenya; The project organization was set up in 1997. The organization’s mission statement is to promote, in close co-operation with other organizations and local communities, the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular, the Angolan black and white colobus monkey and its associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya. However, early on in the project’s history it was recognized that to deal with colobus was too narrow of a focus. The project now deals with all aspects of human/primate conflict in the area.


Volunteers are welcome all year round. You are free to choose your own arrival date. The duration of your stay must be 2 weeks or longer.


  • Minimum age for participation is 21 years old, unless accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
  • Volunteers must be in reasonable physical condition and able to work in a hot and humid climate.
  • There are no vaccinations required at this project but we recommend you to be vaccinated against DTP, hepatitis A and Yellow fever. We also recommend you take a malaria medication course (for additional vaccines and/or information we advise you to visit your local clinic).

PeriodPrice per person
2 weeks € 650,00
3 weeks € 750,00
4 weeks € 1.000,00
5 weeks € 1.250,00
6 weeks € 1.450,00
7 weeks € 1.650,00
8 weeks € 1.850,00
prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2017

Costs include:

  • Accommodation (including laundry service, cook and cleaning service)
  • 3 meals a day and drinking water
  • Transfer from the airport (Mombasa) to the project site
  • A donation to the project
  • Training and supervision
  • Administration costs

You will stay in a nice building and will share the bedroom with 1 or 2 other volunteers. Other facilities like kitchen and bathroom will be shared by all occupants. A cook will make you a good lunch and African diner. Breakfast is also included but you will prepare that yourself.

The work

The work is varied and after an introduction, your tasks may

  • Preparing diner, feeding and taking care of the animals, helping with farm work, rescuing and releasing primates;
  • Work with the local community (kids) on education concerning the animals and their habitat;
  • Make and repair ‘colobridges’, assist in returning the forest, maintaining monkey cages;
  • Carry out valuable primate censuses and forest health surveys.

You will work 5 days a week (about 8 hours a day) and have 2 days off each week.

Project location

The project is situated at the South-East coast of Kenya in a touristic area. This beautiful white sanded beach is one of the most spectacular in the world and is within a walking distance of 1 minute from the project. It is nearly 16 km long and surrounded by palm trees. Nearby you will find forest and farmland. The project site is 1.5 hectares in total. The garden contains several big trees, often visited by different types of monkeys.

In you free time you may swim at the nearby Africana hotel or you can arrange many excursions like big game safaris, a Mombasa tour, walking in the mangrove swamps, standing under the waterfall in the Shimba Hills National Reserve and water sports, etc.

Travel information

You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to Mombasa, Kenya. After you’ve booked your journey, detailed travel information will be given.

De project staff The project consists of a permanent staff of 10 persons. The staff is enthusiastic, friendly and enjoy training and working with volunteers from different countries. The language spoken at this project is English.

Extensive information

Extensive information Project Colobus monkeys in Kenya (PDF)


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