The fourth edition of ‘Cruise for Colobus’ motorcycle riding event is scheduled 23rd February 2023.
The event will be flagged off at Diani for a 252km journey that will take riders to Samburu, Mombasa Road and back to Diani.
According to the communique released by the coordinator Wambui Ngunya this year’s event could consist of an off road section for the first time.
“The ride will be from Diani to Samburu, via Kinango route, and back to Diani. On the return leg, there is an option for dirt bike enthusiasts to do some off-roading via Shimba town on to Mwabungo and back to Diani. The ride will start at Colobus Conservation, Diani Beach Road and end at Alliance Safari Beach Hotel”, read the statement.
Colobus Monkey at Chale Island,Kwale County
The cruise which is also targeting boda boda riders is expected to up the awareness on conservation of colobus monkeys in Kwale County.
“Along riding route, flyers will be distributed to highlight to Kwale residents the importance of conserving the environment and the knock on effects to them individually and their communities. As the ride this time is principally on back roads we hope to attract participation from dirt/off road bike enthusiasts. We are including a number of licensed Boda-Boda riders who are All The Gear All The Time, ATGATT, compliant”, Wambui stated.
The fourth edition’s theme is ‘biking 4 education’ and will see the proceeds raised going towards funding education programmes at the conservation centre which holds education visits from over 30 schools from Kwale County each year .
“”All funds go towards our education program which involves our weekly education workshops hosted at Colobus Conservation, teaching children and teachers about the beauty of the flora and fauna surrounding them and the importance of tree cover. In addition, Colobus Conservation has an information and education center, which is also open to the public as part of a guided Eco-tour”, stated Wambui.
The colobus monkey ,native to the continent, and found in high density forests ,are prey for many predators and are threatened by logging and habitat destruction.
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