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“Close it down.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi Education Centre - Animal Orphanage

Nairobi Education Centre - Animal Orphanage
| 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
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Ranked #59 of 92 things to do in Nairobi
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Padstow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Close it down.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Do not confuse this abomination with the wonderful Sheldrick elephant orphanage. I was here at the time of its inception and it was the most amazing place in Kenya. I have never forgotten the emotions I felt over the sad histories of the wonderful orphans and the plans for their rehabilitation - babies weighing from a few ounces to almost a ton - all on their way back to the wild. What a disappointment! Almost every animal was under sentence of solitary confinement for life, without remission! I detest zoos, and accept NO justification from any that they have ANY role in replenishing diminished stocks in the wild. The cost of releasing animals into the wild is prohibitive - see the film "Born Free." Ask the Sheldrick Foundation. There was even a wild dog in solitary confinement that spends every waking moment running distractedly on three legs to and fro along a deep-worn track along the furthest fence from the viewing area. His prognosis - never to be released. Just like the aged wart hog who lost his wife a year ago and one of his tusks more recently. If you want a good cry - this is the place to go. The people who operate this concentratio0n camp would be kinder to shoot all the animals and chop them up for pet food. DON'T GO THERE.

Visited February 2014
4 Thank Steve B
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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“Amazing, delightful, fantastic.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I visited the Animal Orphanage in January with 2 colleague. The staff were friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the various animals. It was great to be able to see so many animals that I would not usually see in my home country of Trinidad and Tobago. The best experience, however, was being able to interact directly with the monkeys which roamed the property freely. We were able to feed them and they climbed up on the chairs next to us. I loved it. The gift shop is also quite affordable with prices comparable to the markets downtown. It was also useful to be able to use a credit card, which is not common in the shops throughout Nairobi. Overall, I'd love to visit again or be able to adopt an animal in the future. I would encourage anyone to visit.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank ryssacheri
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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Delightful experience but so sad to see so many orphaned animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This place is not to be missed. We went along just about the time the little baby elephants were to be fed. To see the boisterous little jumbos jostle each other to reach the muddy water hole and wallow about enjoying their playtime was hugely enoyable. Soon the "jumbo' milk bottles were brought out by the staff and there was mayhem as they all crowed eagerly around the staff. The milk made us realise how young they were as one of the staff told us the sad stories of how the elephants had been orphaned and the poor state in which they had arrived at the centre.. One cannot understand the poachers that kill these beautiful animals and their mothers for their tusks. After the little "jumbos" left the amusing warthogs took over and just wallowed playfully in the muddy water hole. We had a added bonus when a little baby rhino charged into the area and proceeded to playfully tussle with the staff and charged up and down the ranks of tourists standing around it all the time being bathed in dust and mud as its skin is prone to get sun burnt. The cute minature sausage of a rhino had an equally sad story associated with it being orphaned. We also went around the centre reading about the work they do and also visited a sad lonely adult blind rhino that had been rescued because it would not have lasted long in the wild. Left with mixed feelings of exhilaration at being so close to these lovely and boisterous "kids" but sad about their stories on how they happened to be at the centre. Humans really can be so cruel.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Ranjan M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This was a disappointment after exciting National Park and Safaris. The number of animals is too small and the visitor is generally surprised by the sudden end of the tour. The animals are well maintained but the varieties available too little. The entry fee is USD 15 but the exchange rates offered are far above the official rates (possibly to attract more Foreign Exchange) and iot is preferable to pay in USD rather than KES if you are a foreigner.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Padmanabhan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is NOT a sanctuary, but a small, unkept zoo and it tortured me to see how the animals were kept. We had two zoo keepers harass the animals to give photo opportunities. Disgusting. I only went because I thought it was an actual sanctuary, as I don't support zoos. Do not go and support it. It will only break your heart.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank JenniferChern
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