Nairobi Animal Orphanage is set in Nairobi National Park with lush green vegetation contrasting against the red dust and dry clay soil. It was established in 1964 as a refuge and rehabilitation center for wild animals found abandoned or injured throughout Kenya. The unique orphanage records over 200,000 visitors every year.

Leopard at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Leopard at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage | Photo By Mike

Animals received at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage undergo a thorough medical examination followed by treatment if necessary, before entering into an appropriate feeding and rehabilitation program. This important educational and training facility is often home to more than 20 exotic different animals and bird species.

What to See

Wildlife: Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval, very rare Sokoke cats, warthog, ostrich, various monkeys, baboon, and buffalo.

Birds: Parrot, guinea fowl, crown crane, and ostrich.

Major Attractions and What to Do

  • Bonding with orphaned animals
  • Up-close animal view
  • Play with the cheetah

Lioness - Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Lioness – Nairobi Animal Orphanage | Photo By Mike -Flickr

Best Time to Visit


How to Get to Nairobi Animal Orphanage

By Road: The orphanage is located only about 7 km from Nairobi and is easily accessible on tarmac roads, off Lang’ata Road, Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters.

By Air: You can access the park through the nearest airports, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport.

Other Details

Park Entry Fees

Check the Kenya Wildlife Service website for prices.

Climatic Conditions

January-March is hot and dry, April-June is hot and wet, July-October is very warm and wet.


Visitors to the Animal Orphanage can stay in various lodges and hotels located in Nairobi City Centre.