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A view of the Colobridge

A Colobridge:

This is a simple ladder-like structure invented by the Colobus Trust which is put across the road to enable monkeys to cross safely between the forest on either side. As the number one monkey-killer in Diani, road traffic accidents continue to rob us of our population of monkeys.

You can just see John at the top of the picture ready to attach a bridge!

You can just see John at the top of the picture ready to attach a bridge!

In 1999 when I joined the Colobus Trust, I took a keen interest in wanting to know the significance of the Colobridges. My main focus was to see the factors considered before one was put up in an area. Territorial boundaries and crossing points formed the basis of my research and a Colobridge would be put up in areas where monkeys crossed more often. Diani has sixty eight families of Colobus monkeys; the Colobridges erected so far are only serving twenty two families. Helping more families of monkeys cross the road safely is ever challenging. More monkeys are still vulnerable to road accidents because there no Colobridges within their crossing points. The remaining families are still kept vulnerable to being killed on the road.

John braving the heights of the Colobridge

John braving the heights of the Colobridge

Galvanized wires, conduit pipes, rubber hose pipes, chain links, d-shackles, wire grips and turn buckles are what it takes to build a Colobridge. It takes passion to contribute towards building a Colobridge and it takes a great effort to help save the life of a monkey. To conserve heritage is expensive but it is almost impossible to regain it once lost.

John-Animal Welfare Officer and Field Assistant, Colobus Trust.

A big thank you!

All the staff at the Colobus Trust would like to say a huge thank you to all who have helped and supported us in 2009.  Whether you’ve bought a bridge, adopted a Colobus, become a member or sponsor or given your time and energy to our cause, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to you! You enable us to carry on our work here in Kenya to save the Colobus monkey and it’s habitat!

I would also like to say a huge thank you to the staff at the trust. They work so hard and always with a smile!

Wishing you all Happy Holidays and all the best for 2010!


Assistant Manager

Below: Some of the staff and volunteers at the trust