List of Animal Orphanages in Kenya.
Animal orphanages in Kenya; wild animals in Kenya are considered the number one tourist attraction. As home to different varieties of wild animals, some animals are categorized as endangered species. To protect such animals government, as well as private sectors, have established different animal orphanages country-wide to ensure the animals are safe. These orphanages also provide care to animals that have been abandoned, orphaned, and injured animals where they are treated and rehabilitated. Below we discuss some of the animal orphanages in Kenya.
List of Animal Orphanages in Kenya
1. Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Nairobi orphanage is among the popular animal orphanages in Kenya that serve as home to different wild animals. It is considered one of the best treatment and rehabilitation centers for wild animals. Being within the capital city it is one of the most visited animal orphanages in the country. Some of the animals in the orphanage include Lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, serval cats, warthogs, monkeys, baboons, Sokoke cats, leopards, and buffalos. It’s located inside Nairobi National Park
2. Maralal Wildlife Sanctuary
Then Sanctuary is located in the northern part of Kenya and east of Loroghi Plateau in Samburu County inside Maralal Safari Lodge. The orphanage is well known for taking good care of injured animals and young orphaned animals. The best thing about the orphanage’s management is that they allow volunteers to help around the orphanage.
3. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
As the name suggests, the Impala sanctuary is home to the Impalas and rare Sitatunga antelopes. In addition, it also hosts other animals like giraffes, cheetahs, and other rare species. The magnificent sanctuary is set on the shore of Lake Victoria and its natural beauty blend well with the animals in the sanctuary. The best thing about this sanctuary is that it has five campsites that give you a clear view of Lake Vitoria.
4. Mount Kenya Wildlife
This is actually a conservancy that has an orphanage within it, the purpose of the orphanage is to provide care in special facilities mostly for abandoned and injured animals until they are ready to go back into the wild. The conservancy is located inside Mt Kenya Safari Club.
5. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
Reteti is another animal sanctuary situated at the heart of Samburu County in the northern part of Kenya. Reteti stands as the first animal sanctuary ran by a community in Africa, this sanctuary is community-based and it was founded in 2016. The main aim of the orphanage is to take in abandoned and orphaned elephant calves and take care of them and release them back into the wild once they are ready. It is located at Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy.
6. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Sheldrick is a privately owned orphanage that also takes in orphaned elephants and Rhino calves and rehabilitates them. Unlike Reteti, Sheldrick put these rehabilitated animals for adoption through legal ways.
7. Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pajeta is one of the biggest and most popular conservancies in Kenya located in Nanyuki Laikipia County. The Conservancy is well known as the home of the largest black rhinos. It also serves as the home of the two worlds remaining northern white rhinos of which we lost one late last year.
Apart from the conservancy it also hosts a sanctuary by the name of Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary that provides shelter to Chimpanzees rescued from the black market. Actually, it’s the only sanctuary in Kenya for chimpanzees.
8. Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located in the coastal region off Kienbeni Road in Mombasa. This is one of the sanctuaries that hosted different types of bird species, giraffes, waterbucks, and antelopes.
9. Nguli Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is based in Tsavo West National Park which is one of the biggest national parks in Kenya. The Sanctuary was founded to protect over 70 endangered black rhinos which were the targets of poachers.
10. Lewa Conservancy
Lewa serves as another home to endangered black rhinos, Sitatungas, and Grevy’s zebras. The Conservancy is considered the pioneer of endangered animals in East Africa. It is located in Isiolo.