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General Information


Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP)

FoNNaP is a non-profit making Society founded in 1995. Its objectives are, among others, to promote the retention of the wild and indigenous nature and biological diversity of Nairobi Park, including its ecosystem, flora and fauna; to encourage and built partnerships with rural and urban communities that borders the Park and its migration routes; to influence opinions and decisions concerning activities and events which might have detrimental effects on the Park’s ecosystem, its biological diversity, its density of flora and fauna and its access routes for migration.


Nairobi National Park

The Park (117 km²), founded in 1946, is the northern most part of an ecosystem comprising ~2000 km² of semi-arid savanna at the Athi-Kapiti Plains. The Plains are the dispersal area of a substantial number of wildlife migrating seasonally from and to Nairobi Park. Some animals migrate from the Park even up to Amboseli. Many game animals live permanently on the Plains but depend on the Park during droughts. Cheetahs and Wild dogs, highly endangered species, roam still the Plains. The Park is the critical protected core area of the ecosystem serving also as very successful Black Rhino sanctuary.

The Ecosystem

The semi-arid Athi-Kapiti Plains receive eratic and patchy rainfall of about 200 to 600 mm/year. Surface water is found in artificial dams and hidden pools left by the seasonal streams draining the area.. The area is unsuitable for rain-fed agriculture. Commercial horticulture, though practised, depends entirely on irrigation with ground water with a high fluoride content. Most of the land is inhabited by Maasai livestock herders sharing their land with wild animals.

In the late 1980s the land was subdivided and title deeds issued to individual landowners. Being close to Nairobi this is seen by some as potentially prime land for the development of the city. The area has experienced a rush of land subdivisions, sales and developments all of which threaten the dispersal area and the National Park it’s self.


Maasai communities with their livestock depend on free movement on open land and surface water as much as the game animals. It is their declared intention to keep the land open and to share it with wildlife, inclusive predators. Their vision: We want to create a Conservancy to  benefit from wildlife through tourism. We want to live with wild animals as our ancestors, to allow also the big cats to survive in freedom. Additionally, wildlife is  better adapted to drought conditions. Our forefathers used to live with the wild animals, we have grown up with them and we want the wildlife to co-exist with us in the future. We are fully aware of the essential role Nairobi National Park plays during dry seasons and in terms of protection of some species incompatible with livestock keeping.

To contact us write to us through fonnap1@gmail.com Or on mobile number: 0723 690 686.