Join FoNNaP

FoNNaP is a membership society registered under the Societies Act of Kenya. We are a not for profit, volunteer driven organization that aims to work with the Kenya Wildlife Service to  support the conservation and protection of the Nairobi National Park and wildlife dispersal area.

Five great reasons why you should join FoNNaP

We can think of hundreds of great reasons for you to join FoNNaP but here are the top five.

  1. To do good for wildlife and the environment
  2. To learn more about the Nairobi Park and the greater ecosystem.
  3. To go on great trips and meet like minded people.
  4. To participate in our activities that contribute towards the protection and conservation of the Nairobi National Park.
  5. To network with other volunteers and share your expertise towards the greater good of this special ecosystem.

Membership rates

Individual Ksh 1000, Non-resident US $30

Family Ksh 2,000, Non Resident US $60

Corporate Ksh 10,000, Non Resident US $300

Student Ksh 500, Non Residnet US $12

How to join

If you are in Nairobi simply come to our office at the Nairobi Park entrance on Langata Road and sign up with Irina at the office (next to the smart card office).

You can also pay through MPESA call Fonnap 0723 690 686,

Or deposit at I&M bank , Karen Branch,

Account name Friends of Nairobi National Park

Acc no. 00800525251210

Or simply come to our office at Nairobi Park (next to smart card office) and pay there. You will get a laminated members card or certificate if you are registering as corporate.

Karibu and thank you


14 responses to “Join FoNNaP

  1. Congratulations on a great web site. This is the first time I have seen it. It seems clear that FONNAP is alive and well, with active members who really know how to put together good material in an attractive and easy to use format. Back when David Western wanted to get an outside group formed to support the park, the Chief Warden of the park asked Jim Cavanaugh and myself to help him draw up the charter and recruit the first members. I had been the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Program from 1989 until October 1993 when I was retired from the U.S. Foreign Service. I obtained a residence permit and stayed in Nairobi another 3 years. I tried to do some of the things you are thinking about in connection with the 50th Anniversary of the park in 1995, including getting Texaco to sponsor a special reissue of the map of the park, but they declined on the basis that limited map sales would not generate enough gasoline sales to justify the cost. I also went to London to meet Mervyn Cowie, who established the park in 1945, and tried to get a movie made about his book “Fly Vulture” by a company that had made a movie for TV on Kenyan elephants. Cowie like the idea, but I the company declined. I took photos of the park for Helen Gichohi to support her analysis of the impact of development and fencing on migration routes into the park, and provided a large 8′ x 4′ photo of a rhino in the park to UNEP as a backdrop for a rhino experts meeting. It’s sad to read how many lions have been killed when they have gone outside the park and how plains game migrations were shrunk by drought the past couple of years. Have things improved at all recently? I lost track of FONNAP ten or twelve years ago because back then it had no web site and no email address. Is James Cavanaugh still active in FONNAP and living in Nairobi? He bought a house out on David Hopcraft’s ranch just south of the park, and I’ve seen references to him in the press in 2004, but I don’t know if he is still there. I would love to hear from any members who might want to get in touch. And I will have to renew my membership. Best regards, Kris Atchley

    • Dear John,

      Wonderful to hear from you and thank you for all your kind comments about FoNNaP.

      The park is still the wonderful asset that Nairobi is oblivious to.. we are trying to get the CITY to accept that Nairobi Park is The Worlds Greatest City Park. We are concerned that the park is still in trouble due to construction, developments, poaching, and pollution. The activity of FoNNaP and membership had declined significantly in recent years and we are doing everything possible to revive it.

      Jim still lives on Hopcrafts ranch and has been rather quiet of late. He is not an active member of FoNNaP at this time.

      I will send you the bank details to renew your membership. And KARIBU back!
      Kind regards,

  2. Hello Paula,
    I just saw your kind note as I have not checked the site regularly. One never has the time to keep up with all the sites. I don’t know how some people check their Facebook site 10 times a day! I just added a login name and avatar for fun. Do you have my email? I assume it can be accessed from my profile. If not, let me know and I will send it. I’d also like to contact Jim if by any chance you have an email for him.

    Is David Hopcraft still active? I always thought his basic theory was absolutely correct, and very pertinent to Nairobi National Park. The plants that sustain the soil of East Africa have had a relationship with the wildlife of East Africa for millions of years until they are totally co-dependent. There are hormones in the saliva of antelopes like Impala that stimulate the growth of the bushes they eat. The droppings of grazing wildlife are coated in mucus and shaped into small pellets that fall between the blades of grass to fertilize the soil. In contrast, the heavy liquid droppings of cattle smother the grass and most of their nutrient values evaporate. Impala and gazelles don’t need much water, obtaining most of what they need from the vegetation they eat and recirculating it through super-efficient kidneys, and urinating very little. Cattle on the other hand need a lot of water and urinate gallons. Wildlife graze selectively, even eating different levels of grass. When David inherited his ranch, its 20,000 acres could barely support 800 head of cattle. The vegetation was exhausted. David got permission to put wildlife on his ranchland, and the vegetation began to recover. In just a few years, his land could support the wildlife plus 3,000 head of cattle. Then he got permission to scientifically harvest wildlife for meat. The govenment kept careful records of every animal. The meat was sold to restaurants. The idea was to turn wildlife into not only a force to save the land, but also a source of income. David used to point out that the Maasai would kill to protect their cattle. If only they could become the owners of the wildlife so that they would protect those animals with the same intensity. But if government policy that wildlife are untouchable continued, making wildlife “The King’s Cattle,” then the African landowner would continue to view wildlife with hostility as a competitor for water and grazing. David’s conclusion: if we don’t save the wildlife, we can’t save the land, and if we can’t save the land, we can’t save human beings.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    P.S. If anyone there still remembers me, they would probably know my name as Kris. That’s from my middle name Kristian, and is what I have always been called, with John just for signatures and more formal usage. But I answer to both and you can use either.

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  4. Dear Kris
    It’s a long time since you wrote the above comment so I don’t know if you still check this blogspot. I just read it & am quite interested in your argument re wildlife. What dóe “scientifically harvest” mean exactly? And who “owns” the wildlife now – the government? I would offer my opinion that if the wildlife is endangered it should categorically NOT be used for meat, but I don’t know if this is the case with impala or gazelle. I’m quite new to Kenya, and was told that ALL wildlife is protected.
    I look forward to further discussion with you and/or comments from others.

  5. nice to access this wonderful site. i currently live in areas around the shimba hills reserve kwale,mombasa and currently a neighbour for the endangered animals at malili ranch.i would very much wish to join friends of nbi nat.park…will send my membership fee and text my address to send the m.card

    • Hi William,

      Please feel free to join us this coming Saturday for our AGM as you interact with people widely involved in Wildlife in Nairobi National Park and its surroundings. THe meeting is at Safariwalk Hall – KWS headquarters on Lang’ata road and starts at 10:00. Refreshments served at 9:30 a.m. Welcome and possible you will register as a member then.

  6. Hi.
    I was really looking forward to the April game count but it was quite unfortunate that it did not happen. I was there at 5.30 a.m and had to wait until past 7 a.m to be told there were no vehicles for the volunteers. Please address this problem to avoid any inconvenience in future activites.

  7. Dear paula,
    i have just seen these article in daily standard newspaper am currently residing in UAE but from Kenya.i would like to join the group and contribute in preserving the environment and your doing the best in these earth.please send me details in
    Richard Gakure

  8. Could you please address kgal306 Comment above? I would hate to show up next time and these happens. Am not a member yet because I have just discovered this blog and am looking forward to be one. Thanks

  9. Hy there
    I want to join fonnap and can you tell me this the membership is yearly or lifetime n aftr i join whats work for me.
    I m stay just tuched fance of nairobi park.
    Please rply me and i have many of the frinds and i also work with providing security on evants n funcations we have a group from our comunity. U can just gide me after joining whats work for us. I will give more n more mambers
    Dipesh Halai
    Esy Fly Travels

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