The Nairobi Animal Orphanage is home to deeply traumatized, often injured, suffering from shock and grief having lost their mother and family- orphaned animals from all over Kenya. The orphanage is not big - in fact, it is rather small, but this helps make it very intimate and easy to wander around.
What adds to its charm and sense of personalization is that every enclosure has a notice describing the animals which allows you to relate to them.
The Orphanage educates the public about wildlife and environmental conservation in Kenya. One can read the life history of each animal - whether it was rescued or born in captivity. Between 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm is a good time to see the animals as they are fed. The animals here include cheetahs, Lions, Leopards, and Hyenas among others.
You can also work or get a placement at the orphanage. This revolves around intimate animal conservation. Here volunteer(s) get to lock eyes with the African cats, feed them and strike a rapport with them on a name basis.
This placement is popular even amongst the Kenyan youths and students; hence one must book at least 3 months in advance to be able to secure a chance. A great opportunity to get close and learn about Africa's fantastic wildlife. It is best taken for a period not exceeding a month.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is about 20 minutes drive from Nairobi’s city center. Located only about 7 kilometers from the city center, the animal orphanage is easily accessible on tarmac roads, off Lang’ata Road, Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters.
Over the years, exotic animals' species not necessarily falling in the categories mentioned above have found their way into the animal orphanage. Problem animals have also been restrained here.
Animals seen include Lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval very rare Sokoke cats, warthog, ostrich, leopard, various monkeys, baboon, buffalo. Nairobi Animal Orphanage today remains the most visited wildlife facility in Kenya and especially by Kenyans because it allows guests up-close viewing of wildlife.