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“A fun way to see safari animals up close”

Nairobi Education Centre - Animal Orphanage
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Nairobi Animal Orphanage Guided Half-Day Tour
Ranked #39 of 121 things to do in Nairobi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A fun way to see safari animals up close”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

While it is no where near as amazing as being on an actual safari, the Animal Orphanage does provide you the opportunity to see amazing animals up close. When we were there, we saw lions, cheetahs, leopards... and baboons and monkeys who wander around outside their enclosures (the favorite part for my 2 y/o and 5 y/o). The Animal Orphanage rescues these animals from around Nairobi so it's nice that it serves a beneficial role for the animals as well.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hasn't changed since the 1990's!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Was there yesterday since the 1990's and nothing has changed!! infact its more run down now! There are some cages with nothing in it and its one or 2 animals in a small cage. The walking path is dusty and broken up and the seating area is soo bad, the rungs are off, rusted and not safe for kids to play around. Poor looking cages and the animals look so aggitated- pacing up and down all day long. There are no guides around and unfortunately some visitors take advantage and throw things into the cages.
There's a section with animal horns/skulls that is so badly kept, some items have missing horns, no labels and they are kept on the floor- good luck trying to learn something! Lets not even go to the status of the terrible bathrooms!!
This is such a gold mine for Kenya, if only it is well maintained. Please, save your money and go for a real safari. Otherwise, go to the elephant sanctuary and giraffe center for a better experience! A real shame KWS!

Visited August 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“almost better than safari”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Located at the same gate as National perk, offers you to see some of animals close, walking of course. According some of ours review I expected terrible conditions where are the animals. Picture is much better than I expected, even they build up new washroom and toilets. Animals are in good condition and looks happy to me. Spaces where they are living are maintained, grass is catted, clean. Guardian who escort us (for tip, of course) communicate with them, and according his story, part for babies are now empty, but any way is forbidden to access there. Monkey from outside world are trying to enter to monkey village, so it seems that they are satisfied inside cages . Lions are excellent and in better condition that ones who are living in National park. I am glad to visited such a place, not official Zoo, but you have explanation and tables with details of animals.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“This is a poorly maintained zoo”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

The animal orphanage is nothing but a well-branded zoo. I went there thinking that we would see humanitarian efforts in practice, but instead found animals looking close to dead in their very small cages. There were lions, leopards and other animals, in small cages. Some of them were rescued in the 1990s! Imagine being kept in a small cage for over 20 years. My dog has more of a playground than the lions. I paid 1300ksh entry fee (non-Kenyan residence fee). It took me approx 30mins to tour the entire zoo. I wish I had spent my money more wisely. Save your money Go instead to the elephant orphanage or the Giraffe Center.

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“See the animals up close”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We were there at 4 in the afternoon and turns out to be feeding time which was great to watch the the cheetahs, lions, and jaguar, and the rest of the animals eating. There were some animals there that we didn't see in the rest of the park so it was good to see them up close. To bad that the animals didn't have larger areas to live in.

Visited February 2013
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