Primate conservation & Rescue

Project name:

Colobus Conservation & Rescue

Project purpose:

Primate conservation & Rescue

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • orphan care and welfare

Terrestrial

Kenya

Africa

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Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

357

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes work 

  • writes reports

Accommodation:

On site single-sex room

Requirements:

Eco-volunteers will need to meet the criteria 1 and either criteria 2 or 3 1) Be 22 years of age or above on arrival 2) Have a degree (or be studying towards one) in a relevant subject including Primatology, Biology, Conservation, Botany, Ecology or other natural Sciences OR 3) Be qualified in a profession we can utilize for example Teacher, Marketer, Plumber, Electrician, Fundraiser, Animal Carer to name a few Ideally, we like a commitment of 3 months from our eco-volunteers, but we under-6 Work and activities 1.

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

We take volunteers from 18yrs and above. For eco-volunteers, no skill required as we will teach them all they want to know but for research interns should have completed and graduated with an undergraduate degree. CV is required and volunteers will have to complete the application which we provide. Details Programs/activities for volunteer involvement We offer two volunteer schemes, Eco-volunteer (pages 5 to 11) or Research Intern (page 12) with the option to stay on site at Colobus Conservation (page 16 to 17) or to live out (page 18).

Your experience, skills, knowledge, qualifications, and interest will determine which scheme you are most suited for. In short, our Ecovolunteer programme is tailored for individuals wishing to gain practical experience in the field of primate and ecological conservation, or who just want to help a good cause. You will become involved in feeding and cleaning the monkeys in rehabilitation, hand rearing orphaned animals, de-snaring the local forest, planting trees on the colobus corridor, conducting pest management assessments in nearby hotels and contributing to numerous long-term Colobus Conservation projects.

The Research Intern Programme is aimed at individuals who are looking for a research site in which to conduct academic research at Masters level or above. Researchers working independently of Universities are also welcome. We also have a number of longterm research projects for which we are always recruiting interns. Eco-volunteer As an Eco-volunteer you will not need any prior experience as we will teach you everything you need to know. All we ask is that you are enthusiastic, self-motivated, interested in conservation and have a love of wildlife. You will generally work under the supervision of a member staff or a long-term volunteer (Eco or Research depending on your interest). If you have specific skills or interests we are happy to try and utilize them during your stay. No matter what you do, you can expect the work to be hot, challenging, dirty and hands-on but it will most definitely be rewarding and appreciated!

Eco-Volunteer We offer 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 day — 6 day weeks and Saturday and Sunday are considered a normal working day. A typical work day is 8 am— 5 pm with a one-hour lunch break. However, volunteers should be willing to be on-call at all times, in case of an 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 workload. 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 Conservation Manager.

With prior discussion and agreement, it may also be possible for MSc level students to use the data they collect from a long-term project towards their thesis. We strongly encourage independent researchers of all levels to use Colobus Conservation as a research base accessing a wide range of habituated primates as well as Colobus Conservation's knowledge, contacts and accommodation facilities. In order to begin this process, take a look at our website under the menu item 'Research'. We have outlined a number of conservation research projects that may be of interest to you and are important for the further development of our conservation activities. If you have a different topic that is of interest to you, that is also fine. Please email us to discuss the way forward. Prior to beginning the research, you will need to obtain the relevant permits from the Government of Kenya. You should allow a minimum of three months for this process.

Due to its coastal location, Diani is hot and humid most of the year. There are two distinct rainy seasons, the long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. Temperature ranges from 26—32°C and humidity is generally around 80%. Being based in a tourist destination means almost everything you would need can be bought here and many brands and products you are familiar with at home are available. However, as imported items, prices may be slightly higher. There are also numerous restaurants and bars within the surrounding area, meaning you are never far from a hot pizza and a cold beer at the end of a working day!

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