in its coastal forest habitat in DIANI/KENYA

Visit Colobus Cottage

Hidden away amongst almost 5 hectares of coastal forest, Colobus Cottage is an office, research base, information centre, primate rescue facility, and home for the Colobus Trust staff, volunteers since August 1997. It is also home to a habituated troop of colobus monkeys, making it an ideal site for studying their ecology. Research on this species is important because, unlike their upcountry cousins', the Guereza (Colobus guereza), little is known about the Angolan colobus. Thanks to the conservation minded house owners, (Olivia Barker/Neumann and the Mittons), the colobus monkeys here have enjoyed a protected forest habitat for over 38 years.

Our colobus family consists of ten members; this troop resides entirely within the boundary of these two plots and they are very well habituated. Our studies have taught us much about the threats facing the colobus in Diani. Crossing the highway to other parts of their range exposes our troop to motorcars, and an adult female was injured here this year. We will build our next bridge at the entrance to the Colobus Cottage. One of our adult females has lost an arm as a result of an electric shock injury; monkeys sometimes make the mistake of using power cables. We have asked the Kenya Power Company to insulate all new cables. Another adult female colobus in this troop has a crippled arm after she was caught in a snare set by poachers to catch small forest antelopes; we regularly comb forests to remove snares.

We welcome members of the public to visit the Colobus Cottage to learn more about the Trust and our wonderful colobus monkey family. We will take you on a guided walk along the nature trail for a personal introduction to our colobus troop and other monkeys. This is followed by a talk in the information center where a series of posters explains the history of the trust and ongoing activities. As an active conservation center visitors are likely to see volunteers and staff at work, building bridges, caring for injured monkeys, or doing research.


Wakuluzu Trust


Plot 75, Beach Road
P.O. Box 5380, 80401, Diani Beach, Kenya
Tel/Fax: + 254 (0) 40 320 3519

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THE MISSION: Creation of a monkey sanctuary


  • Eliminate monkey road kills
  • Research
  • Public awareness and education
  • Collaboration with other organizations

The Trusts is run by 7 Trustees who include Mr C. L. van Velzen, an entrepreneur, Luciana Parazzi, and Lulu Archer, long term residents of Diani. Col. (rtd) Nguru the Director of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators, Paula Kahumbu, an experienced conservation biologist, Juma Lumumbah, an expert in forest conservation and Ted Goss who has been involved in wildlife conservation for over 30 years. The Kenya Wildlife Service play an ex-officio role and attend committee meetings.

The Trust continues to grow with recent acceptance from Raymond Matiba (Alliance Hotels) who will coordinate the business side of things and Will Travers of the Born Free Foundation with expertise on international fund raising and publicity. We also welcome Dr. Shirley Strum and Dr. Robert Eley both part of the evolving research agenda. The Trust also welcomes Julie Anderson a volunteer assisting Paula in all aspects of the project. Julie is a zoologist from Scotland who will be here for 12 months, years perhaps? She looks young, but Julie comes with a wealth of experience, including running a gibbon rehabilitation center and community education project in Thailand.


Species Profile:

Angolan colobus

( Colobus angolensis)

New Bridges for colobus road safety

This year we replaced the original wood and rope 'colobridges' as they were decay-ing due to die hot and humid climate, and threatened to collapse. Dominic Kahumbu solved the problem with new bridges made of high-tension cable, chain link rungs, and rubber piping. These six new bridges are just as popular with the colobus as the old ones and one was used within thirty minutes of its completion! We proudly report that since the seventh of January this year, no colobus monkey has been killed on the busy Diani Beach Road. This success has raised international attention and two other primate projects have requested details on how to build similar bridges. They aren't too expensive at US$300 each, and they only take two days to erect. Our biggest bridge is die Eden Bridge which required telegraph poles on each side of the road. We intend to build sitting platforms on the posts, and we will grow creepers to give them a more natural appearance. Six more bridges are planned for 1998, for which we are still trying to raise funds.


Although Angolan colobus monkeys are common in central Africa, the sub-species, Colobus angolensis palliatus is unique to the East African coast and is only found in coastal forests of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The results of our survey illustrate how threatened this monkey is in Kenya - only 1,300 survive, and half of the sites visited have less than three troops. Two sites have lost their colobus residents completely over the last year and 110 populations are protected in National Parks. Diani has the highest concentration of this monkey in the world - our efforts to protect them here cannot be overstated. We welcome volunteers to come out for monkey counting trips into some of Kenya's most beautiful and sacred forests. Sacred forests or kayn's which are protected as national monuments under the National Museums of Kenya, and they still serve important cultural functions.


What a shocker

Electrocutions are the main cause of colobus monkey mortalities in Diani with eight deaths so far this year. Other monkeys are also affected. The arboreal lifestyle of Colobus monkeys makes them especially vulnerable as they are frequently exposed to electric cables. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers spent a day with Paula and Julie exploring ways to solve the problem. We appeal to residents of Diani to report all victims of electrocution to the Colobus Trust. Tell tale signs are amputated limbs.
Paula Kahumbu Voluntary Director of the Wakuluzu Trust

Abuse stopped by colobus trust

Some people, tired of the nui-sance posed by monkeys in Diani, have taken to catching and tying wire nooses and (tin can) bells around the necks of monkeys. These unfortunate monkeys were trapped in a box, anesthetized and bells were tied with wire, so tightly that the monkey could barely breathe. One adult male baboon cried constantly as he tore at his neck to release himself before he died weeks later. Horrified residents and tourists alike called us daily begging us to end the suffering. After months we finally suc-ceeded in catching two young male ba-boons who had nooses so deeply embedded in their flesh that they required surgical removal. Both were successfully treated and released to their families. We also rescued a Sykes monkey that was being drowned. We believe that experiences like this contributes to the rising aggression seen in Diani's baboons. The Kenya Wildlife Service promise to conduct an investigation and the culprit promised to stop the abuse. Sadly, another baboon sporting a noose with bells has been spotted in the same troop despite these assur-ances. The Colobus Trust will continue rescuing and treating injured and abused monkeys and if necessary it will take legal action against the culprits for continued abuse. The Colobus Trust has been in-vited by KWS to discuss monkey pest management with the aim of finding real long term solutions. If you see an injured or abused monkey in the South Coast area please contact us immediately on phone 0127-3519.



The Colobus Trust is always on the lookout for volunteers. Biologists and vets are always needed to help us conduct behavioural research, ecological surveys and assist in animal rescue work. Or, if you think you could try your hand at colobridge construction, ecotours involving the colobus, school environmental workshops, artwork, project publicity or fundraising please drop us a line for more information on how you can help.

trust1.jpgVery special thanks

Special mentions to Dr. Mohsin Likoniwalla who never tires of our monkey patients, Kenya Calcium for generously letting Julie use a car, Colin and Sharon Forbes for accommodation at Warandale, Louise Collette for organizing the horse gymkhana fund raiser, Alliance Hotels for hosting our international guests and transport, Moses Litoroh and others at KWS for collaboration on various projects, everyone at the Coastal Forest Conservation Unit for help with the census, and the elders of Diani and Kinondo for permission and guidance through the sacred forests. Donations and grants have been received from The International Primate Protection league, Born Free Foundation, Eden Trust, Primate Conservation Inc., The Margot Marsh Foundation, Primatological Society of Great Britain, Columbus Zoo, Wild Things and Hilko Wiersema of the Wild Animal Rescue Center. We would also like to give a great big thank you to all the staff at the Colobus Cottage for their hard work and dedication to the Trust especially Hamisi and Bakari for all their project research, Bahola the night watchman, Hassan and Jarrad for looking after the house and us so well, and of course Rimba, Robert and Jeronimo for their tireless efforts. Thank you.


The ANGOLAN COLOBUS is one of the most striking and beautiful primates in all Africa.

In Kenya these animals face two main threats:

  • Loss of their forest habitat due to building and development
  • Injuries and deaths caused by speeding road traffic

is a local Kenya-based organisation run by voluntary director, Paula Kahumbu.

The trust is committed to saving the Angolan Colobus monkey and preserving its coastal forest habitat.

Road Deaths

Kenya's busy Diani Beach road cuts directly through the patches of coastal forest that are home to many families of Angolan Colobus. These animals are at risk and are frequently killed and injured.

The Trust has taken action and come up with a new way to cut down the death toll. Four special 'Colobridges' have been built over the road at known danger spots. The result is that in a matter of months the number of deaths in these locations has fallen. Building on this success, 10 new bridges must be constructed in other priority locations.

The Trust also puts up warning signs to remind motorists to stay within the speed limit, employs

Colobus rangers, to monitor Colobus troops crossing the road, builds bridges and rescues, treats and releases injured monkeys.

The Wakuluzu Trust urgently needs funds for these life saving and species survival projects:
  • Construction and maintenance of 10 more Colobridges
  • Construction and deployment of warning signs and road crossing rangers
  • Providing emergency veterinary care to injured or suffering primates
  • Educating people to care for the Angolan Colobus and conserve its habitat
We need your help
Below are a few examples of how your contribution can make a difference:
  • $450 (27,000Ksh) will build and maintain a Colobridge
  • $1200 (72,000Ksh) will pay for a Colobus Ranger for one year
  • $170 (10,000Ksh) will buy one urgently needed veterinary cage
  • $50 (3,000Ksh) will pay for one school visit to the Colobus Education Centre


To help save the Colobus, send donations to WAKULUZU TRUST, PO BOX 5380, DIANI BEACH KENYA or contact the Trust if you can offer equipment, supplies or your time and effort as a volunteer.

I will enclose a cheque made payable to WAKULUZU TRUST



Plot 75, Beach Road
P.O. Box 5380, 80401, Diani Beach, Kenya
Tel/Fax: + 254 (0) 40 320 3519

This leaflet has been made possible with the support of the Born Free Foundation (UK), Registered Charity No.1070906. Wakuluzu Trust Founder Patron: Kees van Velsen

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