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Colobus Conservation International

A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.



Geographic Location

Diani Beach, Kwale District, Kenya

Focal Species

Colobus monkey

IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species

Least concern (under review)

About the Project

Project Mission
To promote, in close cooperation with other organizations and local communities, the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular the Angolan Colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliates) and it’s associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya.

Uniforms for local staff
Colobus Conservation Ltd is a not-for-profit organization that works to support, promote and advocate forest conservation as the primary means of ensuring the long-term survival of the Angolan black and white colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and other primates on the South coast of Kenya, mainly in Diani.

The organization was established in 1996 after local residents in Diani became concerned by the impact of human development on the populations of Angolan black and white colobus monkey and other primate species in the area, especially due to a number of road accidents involving colobus monkeys. 

The objective of Colobus Conservation Ltd is three-fold: conservation, education and animal welfare. The aim is to promote, in close cooperation with other organizations and local communities, the protection of the remaining Coastal Forest in Diani and its reforestation to secure a natural habitat for the Angolan colobus monkey and the long-term survival of the species. The preservation of the remaining population in Diani and primates wellbeing is ensured through the animal welfare program that involves animal rescue, treatment and rehabilitation and above all education programs to school children from the hinterland of Diani/Ukunda, and working closely with the local communities and the Kaya (sacred forest) elders.  Colobus Conservation is the only organization in Diani that does this work and the only place in Kenya with a rehabilitation program for monkeys who have been kept in captivity.


Colobus Monkeys at Woodland Park Zoo

Look for black and white colobus monkeys in the zoo’s Tropical Rain Forest, where you’ll see the group spending time in the tree tops of their exhibit.


To learn more:

Read the colobus monkey fact sheet