Wildlife Conservation & Animal Rescue

founded in 1997
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Coordinator | Fiona
Coordinator | Fiona
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Volunteer with a lot of enthusiasm, self-motivation and love for wildlife
Care for monkeys that live on site in short and long term rehabilitation enclosures on a daily basis
Gain experience in conducting field research whilst working alongside a staff member
Help reducing problems through constructing canopy bridges which span the road from tree canopies on either side
Take short breaks to go on a three or four day safari
Volunteers do not need any prior experience as we will teach you what you need to know. We only ask that you are enthusiastic, self-motivated and interested in wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

There are six primate species with 1,400 monkeys living within the suburban town. Diani is interspersed with remnant forest patches and scattered trees from the original forest type that is considered part of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.

Animal Care- All the monkeys that live on-site in both our short and long term rehabilitation enclosures need to be cared for daily. In teams of two or three people, daily animal care duties begin with cleaning all the enclosures, feeding and ensuring the days' enrichment for the animals has been installed in the enclosures. The remainder of the day is spent providing further food bowls for the animals, collecting wild leaves and preparing enrichment.

De-snaring- Simple ‘noose’ snares are frequently set in the forest and bush areas around Diani with the aim of capturing Suni (a small antelope). Due to the terrestrial nature of many of Diani’s primates, these animals are also often caught. Our field operation team regularly de-snare patches of the forest and extra eyes are always needed.

Bridge Building - The home ranges of Diani’s primates have been bisected by a major road, and they are subsequently very prone to road injuries. Colobus Conservation is reducing this problem through the construction of canopy bridges known locally as ‘colobridges’, which span the road from tree canopies on either side. Volunteers may be required to assist with the practical construction of bridges at ground level and data collection to assess their level of use.

Colobus Corridor - Much of the forest within Diani has already been lost to development and the remaining forest is fragmented and isolated. Colobus Conservation is working to encourage hotel owners and local residents to replenish the natural environment. We also actively encourage, assist and monitor local landowners planting indigenous trees.

Research - Research projects currently being carried out at Colobus Conservation include primate feeding ecology, behavioral and phenology monitoring, primate census, forest surveys, rehabilitation and release processes and hotel pest assessments, community surveys. Eco-volunteers may gain experience in conducting field research whilst working alongside a staff member or one of our researchers.

Fundraising - Colobus Conservation is a ‘not for profit organisation’ meaning that fundraising is a very important part of our work. Each year we organize several fundraising events and write proposals for grants - volunteers are required to help in both aspects.

Colobus Conservation Publicity - Every week Colobus Conservation publishes a colobus blog on our website. Volunteers are requested to help in producing this by editing, taking photographs and contributing articles. Other work includes: assisting with education displays, distributing publicity locally around Diani, attending local events, translations, and nature trail development at the Colobus Cottage.

General - Volunteers may also be required to assist in general aspects of the running of Colobus Conservation including some office duties, painting and general maintenance of enclosures, data input, shopping, deliveries plus researching & writing to potential donors for equipment.

Primate Rescue - Colobus Conservation responds to calls to rescue injured monkeys. Our staff members deal with the actual animal rescue as this work can be dangerous and requires specific training and experience. However, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to observe rescues, assist in the measuring of animals, observing the vet work and monitoring the animal post-treatment and post release.

Emergency Veterinary Care and Quarantine - We have a small veterinarian clinic on site and all procedures are over seen by our licensed Kenyan vet. However, volunteers are welcome to observe, take post op observations and keep records.

Orphan Care - Colobus Conservation regularly receive animals that have been orphaned and require hand-rearing in order to survive. While this is rewarding work, an exceptionally high level of commitment and patience is required. Orphans may arrive at any time of the year, but we have a pronounced orphan season between November and February.

Education - Colobus Conservation holds weekly education workshops for local school children. Volunteers can assist the Team Colobus by helping organize the workbooks, preparing snacks for breaks and engaging with the children throughout the day.

Typical day

There are a variety of long-term projects or general operations that eco-volunteers can become involved in. Volunteers will be allocated specific duties dependent upon individual experience, interest and current openings. However, all volunteers should be willing to help out with any aspect of Colobus Conservation’s work when required and to change topics if a crisis arises.

Volunteers work alternate 5 days - 6 day weeks and Saturday and Sunday are considered a normal working day. A typical workday is 8am - 5pm with a one-hour lunch break. However, volunteers should be willing to be on-call at all times, in case of animal welfare or orphan emergency. You should be prepared for often challenging and hard work, and in the case of orphan care, around the clock feeding.

You will be given 1-2 days off per week which can be variable according to volunteer numbers and animal care work load. Your time off can be used to visit local attractions, go on safari or relax on the beach or in the local spa. We strongly recommend volunteers to take time to go on safari and if you wish to be away for longer than your volunteer days allow, simply consult with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and the more you put into this opportunity, the more you will get out of it. Working together with like-minded individuals you will be able to see first hand how your actions benefit Diani Forest and it’s wildlife.

Free-time activities

Volunteers are also encouraged to take short breaks to go on a three or four-day safari. Volunteers often travel with new friends met at Colobus Conservation. We can book tours for you through a local, qualified and eco-friendly tour company that will collect you directly from Colobus Conservation. Please discuss these options with the Volunteer Coordinator
Popular tours include:

  • Snorkeling or diving at Wasini Island
  • Mombasa City day tour and Haller Park
  • Shimba Hills game viewing and hiking
  • Tsavo East and West for 2, 3 or 4 nights
  • Amboseli National Park
  • And the world-famous Masai Mara

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Completed & signed volunteer application forms, CV, Insurance cover, Current Criminal Background Check and Copy of Covid-19 Test (PCR) 7 days before arrival day
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Data collection and analysis
Art and Design
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Colobus Conservation
  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals
  • Airport transfers ONLY from Ukunda Airstrip, but we are happy to assist in arranging pick from Mombasa on behalf at KES 3,500
  • WiFi, 
  • Training, 
  • Laundry services, and 
  • Much needed funds for the monkey care

Colobus Cottage is clean but simple. You will be sharing one room and bathroom with up to three other same-sex volunteers and will be expected to 'fend for yourself'. Independent, easy-going, sociable and neat people are highly desirable and welcome.
Facilities include:

  • Food for three basic meals a day - a cook is employed to produce lunch and din-ner Monday—Saturday. You are required to prepare your own breakfast and all meals on a Sunday. Meals are largely vegetarian with 2-3 meat dishes per week and are a mixture of Kenyan and international dishes. A sample menu can be viewed on page 17
  • Electricity (though not always reliable especially during the rains),
  • A basically equipped kitchen including gas cooker and drinking water,
  • A house keeper to clean your accommodation and wash and iron your laundry, volunteers are requested to wash their own underwear,
  • Overhead showers - water is brackish and hot water is limited,
  • Each bedroom has an overhead fan and bedding including mosquito nets
  • Each volunteer is given a lockable box for safe storage of personal items, pass-port, money, valuables etc. In order to guarantee security you need to bring your own padlock or buy one from the local supermarket.
  • The house is in a secure area and has an emergency security service as well as a night-time guard who patrols the house grounds.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All meals are vegetarian. A chef prepares lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday. Breakfast items are available and ingredients for volunteers to cook their own food when the chef is not working. Clean water is provided and volunteers can refill their water bottles anytime. Other drinks a part of water, volunteers take own responsibility. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Moi International Airport (MBA) in Mombasa. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Our program runs all year round. We can arrange your transfer to the centre on any day or time, we just need your flight details.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$338 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Colobus Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Colobus Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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