With the luxury safari retreat now monitoring the nearby endangered Patas monkey populations for their protectionWilderness Collection’s Segera Retreat is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting project to help save the endangered Patas monkey. These unique monkeys are considered to be the fastest of all primate species, but they have been struggling to keep up with the pace of change throughout their habitat. True to its 4 C’s philosophy of conservation, community, culture and commerce, Segera Retreat are now welcoming guests to join their Patas population patrols to help protect the troops that live in the communities and areas that it borders.
Patas monkeys are attractive yellow-gold inhabitants of grassland and woodland savannahs, with the rare eastern subspecies only present in Kenya, western Ethiopia and northern Tanzania. They feed on whistling thorn trees, numerous throughout Segera’s land, making the retreat an ideal place for them to thrive.
Due to the dominance of cattle and the lack of rainwater in the areas in which they live, Patas monkeys across the region have become dependent on the water in farmers’ troughs to survive, while habitat loss due to pressure from agricultural expansion and charcoal burning has made them increasingly vulnerable.
Segera's monitoring patrols have identified Patas monkey troops around the luxury retreat and the neighbouring communal areas that share their range with Segera. The aim of these patrols is to provide security for each troop, monitor and understand their movements and home ranges, study social interactions between different individuals and keep a careful record of births, deaths and other milestone events in each troop.
Segera guests have the opportunity to join a Patas monkey foot patrol and contribute to this important wildlife conservation initiative. This is just one of many ways that guests are able to actually live the 4Cs and understand how they are applicable to every aspect of life on Segera.
Jochen Zeitz, the owner of Segera, commented on this initiative, “Securing the future of the diverse wildlife of this part of Kenya requires the adoption of a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach. This necessarily includes community outreach, engagement and education, anti-poaching and habitat management, all of which we encourage our guests to participate in as part of their Segera experience – including joining a patas monkey foot patrol”.
In keeping with the innovative and visionary 4Cs philosophy that underpins all aspects of Segera operations and the guest experience, Segera and the Zeitz Foundation are actively supporting Patas monkey monitoring to help conserve this distinctive primate.
Nightly rates for Wilderness Collection’s Segera Retreat start from $1,245/£801* per person per night, and include all meals, scheduled camp activities, park fees, local drinks and laundry. Rates exclude Scheduled charter flights, premium imported brands and champagne.