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Nairobi Education Centre - Animal Orphanage

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage was opened to the public on 11th November 1963 for the purposes of hosting a collection of orphaned, hurt and abandoned wild animals from all over the country. Its establishment was the brain child of the first Director of Kenya National Parks, Mr. Marvyn Cowie and was as a result of the increasing presence of wild animals that are orphaned, injured, abandoned or strayed from their families.

 orphanage monument

The facility objectives are:

  • To give care to rescued animals and where possible to rehabilitate them to the wild.
  • To gather scientific information on these animals that could contribute to better understanding of their behavior, feeding patterns and health.
  • Conservation education information dissemination to learning institutions and general public in conjunction with Conservation Education Centre. 

The increase in animal numbers and visitation necessitated the relocation of the orphanage to the more spacious western side of Nairobi National Park’s main Gate. The money for the expansion of the Animal Orphanage was raised with the help of Dutch children through the World Wildlife Fund, the Rockefellers and firms and societies within Nairobi.

 Size and Location

Located only 10 KM from Nairobi City Centre, Nairobi Animal Orphanage measures approximately 3.3 acres 



The facility hosts both indigenous and exotic wild animals within environmentally enriched enclosures. The composition depends on the rescued animal. You are likely to see: lions, hyena, leopard, cheetah, warthog, buffalo, different species of apes, guinea fowls, crested cranes among others.  Some rare animals found within the facility are;

  • Stripped hyenas
  • Wild dog
  • Lesser spot-nosed monkey          


Resting areas can offer an ideal outside classrooms for learning and discussions for Institutions. Teachers and students at all levels can utilize the Nairobi Animal Orphanage as a learning resource center based on their school curriculum. Animal enclosures have information panels for self guided tours.


Activities include:

Have fun, relax and experience close proximity to wildlife whilst enjoying the beauty of Kenya’s biodiversity.




Daily at 8am to 6pm

Rules and Regulations

For your own safety and memorable experience, please;

-          Take as much photographs as you can

-          Do get as much information as possible on the present animals in the facility.

-          Have fun and enjoy the unique environment

-          Stay on the designated walking paths

-          Do not feed the animals, they require a special diet

-          Do not throw objects at the animals

-          Do not shout at or tease the animals

-          Use the provided rubbish bins for litter

-          Do not smoke. KWS is a no smoking zone.

-          Do not use alcohol and illegal drugs while at KWS facilities.


Kindly note that these rules are meant to help you fully enjoy your visit without compromising other visitors’ enjoyment, the well-being of the animals and the environment.

KWS reserves the right to deny entry or ask visitors to leave if they do not follow the set rules and regulations.

Mode of payments

No Safari card is required for entry to Nairobi Animal Orphanage and payments are either by cash or credit cards on the material dates only.





The Senior Warden
Nairobi Animal Orphanage
P.O Box 42076-00100



Direct line: 020-2587411





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