Located inside the Nairobi National Park, the Animal Orphanage serves treatments and rehabilitation center for wild animals. Enjoy an up-close interaction with Lions, Cheetahs, and Leopards. The Orphanage also hosts, hyenas, jackals, serval cats, rare Sokoke cats, warthogs, various monkeys, baboons, and buffalo. Various birds can also be viewed including parrots, guinea fowls, crowned cranes, and ostriches.
The History of Nairobi Animal Orphanage
On the 16th December 1946, the Nairobi National Park was established. Having been the first National Park in East Africa, and the first National Park ever in a capital city, it was a great success.
In 1964, a year after Kenya attained Independence; the Wildlife Conservation Education Centre was established. Located at the main entrance to the Nairobi National Park, the aim was to educate the public on wildlife and nature conservation in the country. Throughout the years, this Centre- commonly referred to as the ‘Animal Orphanage’, has done a great job with encouraging visitors to gain an understanding of the relationships existing between human activities and the environment.
About Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi Animal Orphanage rescues wild animals from all over the country: from dry grasslands to suburbs and even in luggage at airport terminals.All rescued animals undergo a thorough medical examination, followed by treatment where if need be, before starting an appropriate feeding and rehabilitation program.
There are over 20 different animal and bird species here, including the big cats, exotic birds, and playful monkeys. The sense of personalization from the notice describing each animal, allows you to learn and relate to them. Bonding with orphaned animals; experiencing an up-close view, having fun with the monkeys and play with the cheetahs are breathtaking experiences you must have.
How to Get to Nairobi Animal Orphanage by road
Located only about 7 km from Nairobi’s city center, the Animal Orphanage, is within the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters, off Lang’ata Road. The best time to visit is any day all year round but the feeding time is usually from 2.30 pm.