Nairobi Animal Orphanage Lion

Nairobi Animal Orphanage is located within Nairobi National Park, south of Nairobi City; a distance of 10 km from the Nairobi Central Business District using the KWS headquarters gate on Lang’ata Road.

It serves as a refuge for the wild animals providing protection, treatment, and rehabilitation center for wild animals. It is home to abandoned and injured wild animals inside and outside Kenya with the aim of providing medical care and then releasing them back to the wild.

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage also takes the responsibility of educating the general public for the need to conserve the environment and wildlife.

Animals found at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage are not entirely indigenous to Kenya. Animals such as tiger and pygmy hippos have been traced to this orphanage.

Nairobi Animal Orphanage Attractions

Why is Nairobi Animal Orphanage popular? Here is why.

  • It is within Nairobi National Park and is close to the Nairobi Safari Walk
  • An Animal Adoption Programme
  • It is the oldest Animal Orphanage in Kenya and receives over 200,000 guests annually
  • Not all Animals are indigenous to Kenya
  • It has some intriguing animal acts like the baboon that adopted a bushbaby
  • It has animals adopted by popular people e.g. Usain Bolt adopted a baby cheetah through its Animal Adoption Programme by corporates or individuals.
  • A wide variety of animals and birds

Nairobi Animal Orphanage Animals/Wildlife

Oldonyo Sabuk National Park

It has a wide variety of animals including; Buffalo, Baboon, Monkey, Warthog, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Serval cat, Sokoke cat among others.


It also has a wide variety of birds which include; Ostrich, Crowned Crane, Parrot, Guinea among others.

Things to do in Nairobi Animal Orphanage

You can indulge in a number of activities which include;

  • Bird Watching
  • Game viewing
  • Photography
  • Nature walks
  • Donating in support of wildlife conservation

Nairobi Weather & Climate

Nairobi has a warm and temperate climate.

Average annual temperature is 19°C. The warmest month of the year is March, with an average temperature of 21°C. The coldest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 18°C.

The annual average rainfall is 869 mm. The wettest month of the year is April while July is the driest.

When to Visit

You can visit Nairobi all year round. Nairobi is situated close to the equator and it hard to have extreme weather.

How to get there

By Road, the park is 10 km from the City using the KWS Headquarters gate. You can use public means, hire a Taxi or join a safari on hire.

By Air-You get to Nairobi through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from your origin country.

Nairobi Orphanage Entrance Fees

Orphanage entrance fee is as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 215 Child 125
Residents (KES): Adult 300 Child 170
Non Residents (USD): Adult 22 Child 13

Means of payment include the use of M-Pesa, VISA Card, and Deposit to KWS bank accounts.


You can contact the Kenya Wildlife Service through;

Telephone (Landline) No: +254-20-2379407

Nairobi Animal Orphanage Accommodation

You book your hotel in the city. No accommodation inside Nairobi Animal Orphanage.

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