On Wednesday the 28th of October we had a visit from the children of The Hope Academy in Diani. The main aim of their visit was to educate the pupils about the different primate species found in the Diani Beach area and to highlight the conservation issues they face, particularly regarding the Colobus monkey. The children are taught that these issues are largely due to human actions, such as cutting down their natural habit and keeping monkeys as pets. They are also taught that other aspects of our lifestyle inadvertently have a negative impact on the primates such the electrical lines and road which run adjacent to the forest they live in, causing a large number of injuries and deaths to local primates.
Above: Some of the pupils and teachers listening to John
To ensure to continued awareness and future survival of the Colobus we show the pupils what actions the Colobus Trust are doing to tackle these issues. We also demonstrate to them that by helping in small ways such as planting native trees they can have a positive impact on the future of the Colobus monkey.
Above: Colobus staff with teachers and pupils from Hope Academy
We hope that the pupils found the visit rewarding and that they enjoyed their time at the Colobus Trust!