Not being able to communicate via our website has been very frustrating for us over the last few months, particularly because of wanting to spread the news about the imminent sale of the Colobus Cottage plot. We hope that most of our supporters will have heard the news from the appeal emails that we sent out in August. A description of what has happened and the latest news about the sale is as follows:
The Colobus Trust has been based at our current location, Colobus Cottage, for the past 9 years. We have invested a great deal into development of our facilities here, and now have an office, volunteer accommodation, visitors centre, shop, tree nursery, native tree plantation, vet clinic, quarantine & rehabilitation cages, not to mention our nature trail that runs through the fantastic coastal forest that accounts for approx. 80% of the 3.9 hectare plot. Lastly, and most importantly, this plot is home to a troop of colobus monkeys, troops of Sykes monkeys, vervet monkeys & yellow baboons, and myriad species that share the forest with them.
Earlier this year the plot was put up for sale by the landowners, at an asking price of KSh 36,400,000 (GBP 280,000). Since the announcement of the sale we have been running an appeal to raise the money to buy the plot, but have not managed to raise the amount needed. Recently a private buyer put in a bid for the plot which has been accepted by the sellers. Currently we are waiting for confirmation of the sale from the solicitors. If the sale is confirmed, we will have to move out. However, ........
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR US TO MATCH THIS OFFER AND BUY THE PLOT OURSELVES!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Can you give a donation, large or small, to help us raise the money to buy the plot?
If you have the means, can you purchase the plot for us, or lend us the money to buy it?
Please contact Jophie Clark if you can help in any way.
The Colobus Trust, PO Box 5380 , Diani Beach 80401 , Kenya
Mobile : +254 (0)734 860654, Landline: +254 (0)40 320 3519
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.colobustrust.org
Coastweek | February 24 - March 02, 2006 | Issue 2908
Bamburi, Kenya (Coastweek) -- Why not enjoy an "Out of Africa" experience in Nguuni Nature Sanctuary? Only four kilometers away from Bamburi Cement Factory, a small nature sanctuary offers a few choices of spending your leisure time but in a completely unique "out of Africa" environment.
Surrounded by giraffe and antelopes as you watch a magnificent sunset at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary.
A small nature sanctuary offering a unique 'out of Africa' environment
Today, Nguuni Nature Sanctuary offers you guided:
• Bird watching - just recently completed is the bird trail and hide and a newly constructed Birders Banda for the overnight visitors.
See over 260 species of birds.
• Tours - enjoy pleasant nature walks along valleys with rain-fed ponds inhabited by fish and birds.
Large Doum Palm crowned by Leopard Orchids are scattered in the grassland.
Educational tours can be arranged for Schools.
• Camel rides - for the adventurous visitors, a camel ride is the perfect choice to view the beautiful landscape and the animals of the sanctuary from a different angle
A home to a number of animals - see at a close range Ostriches being fed as Eland and Oryx will surround you as they graze quietly in the area.
There is a unique opportunity for a sundowner with the teeming wild life and a bar-be-cue at the campfire.
Lucky visitors will get to see a couple of the shy Water Bucks.
While the graceful Giraffes will walk close by you.
• Bike tours - an eight km leisurely ride on mountain bikes through traditional African villages in palm and mango tree forests.
See local village life at closer view. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a sundowner at the Sanctuary.
There is a unique opportunity for a sundowner and bar-be-cue at the campfire.
A perfect setting for get-togethers with your friends, picnics, birthdays and staff parties.
You will be surrounded by antelopes as you watch a magnificent sunset.