Our StorY

Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) was founded in 1995 and is dedicated to assisting the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in nurturing and preserving biodiversity within Nairobi National Park and the broader ecosystem to which the park belongs. FoNNaP is working closely with KWS and the community members adjacent to the park on helping to develop and implement conservation projects around the park to help the park thrive and serve its purpose.

The ecosystem south of Nairobi National Park, commonly known as the Athi Kapiti Plains, comprising Kitengela, Isinya, and Kipeto, and the Kapiti ranches, has experienced an upsurge of pressure on the survival of wildlife in the past years. FoNNaP has been instrumental in ensuring open sections of the wet-season migration routes and dispersal areas historically used by wild animals. FoNNap remains committed to a cohesive conservation strategy that allows wildlife and community members to co-exist in the existing dispersal areas.

Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) is a non-profit making membership Society and registered under the Societies Act of Kenya.


Our Mission

To assist and inspire current and future generations to keep Nairobi National Park alive, through engaging with KWS and governmental bodies, the FoNNaP membership, partner organizations, and neighboring communities, to take action to protect and conserve NNP and its wider ecosystem.


Our Vision

To be the leading voice in positioning Nairobi National Park as the World’s Greatest City Wildlife Park.


Our Values

  • To expand the importance of the Park in the minds and hearts of Kenyans and visitors
  • To keep the Park and dispersal area alive by ensuring nature’s flows are maintained and protected
  • To defend the Park and dispersal area from negative developments
  • To facilitate & enhance KWS capacity through FoNNaP’s expertise
  • To influence political and high-level issues, such as the Wildlife Bill, development of roads
  • To be a facilitator and negotiator, working with all parties, for the benefit of Nairobi National Park and the dispersal area
  • To maximize voluntary participation and commitment of members
  • To have a thriving membership, representation and leadership



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Simone Ole Makallah

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James Cavanaugh

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John K. Atchley

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Dr. Imre Loefler

Who is Who

Current Team

Jim -Friends of Nairobi National Park


Chairman of the Board Finance and Administration Committee

Since returning to Kenya, Jim has been close to conservation all his adult life. He is a past chair of the Uvumbuzi Club, with whom he toured widely in and out of Kenya, a past director at AFEW, and is passionate about Flora, Fauna, Wildlife, Communities, and environment conservation done sustainably!
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Vice Chair

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Felix Mutwiri

Program Coordinator

Felix is a graduate of Maasai Mara University. He holds a bachelors degree in Wildlife Management. He formerly served as the Vice Chairperson of Kenya Inter University Environmental Students Association (KIUESA) and has worked on voluntary activities with Wildlife clubs of Kenya to create awareness on wildlife and environmental conservation.

He is wildlife enthusiastic with a growing passion in advocacy and ensuring the youthful voice is involved in protecting urban wildlife.

He loves Nairobi National Park and hopes to see it thrive and serve future generations.

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Caroline Nkamunu Patita

Board Member

Nkamunu Patita holds a BA in integrated community development. She has over 14 years of experience working with indigenous communities. She is a passionate, community-led conservation and indigenous knowledge leader.


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Lavina is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. Lavina’s curiosity and fascination with the natural world sparked a lifelong passion for wildlife. Her primary goal is to use social media to raise awareness and encourage the younger generation to become members of FoNNaP.


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Libby has 40 years of experience in animal husbandry and grassland production, with a career focused on promoting ethical animal management practices. She carries this passion into her interest in wildlife conservation and has spent 20 years in Africa.
As a board member, she aims to support KWS and associated research partners in promoting evidence-based solutions to the habitat and wildlife challenges facing NNP and its wider ecosystem.

Who is Who

Team 2020

Gareth Jones

Chairman of the Board Finance and Administration Committee

Gareth has been involved in wildlife conservation for over 50 years. He was a honorary ranger (warden) for the South African National Parks from 1989 to 2001 . Gareth has been Involved in East African wildlife conservation since 2002 , focusing mostly on the Nairobi National Park. He writes various weekly media articles with photos to promote the park.

Trish Heather-Hayes (Mama Simba)

Treasurer of the board Finance and Administration Committee

Trish is an avid supporter of the Nairobi National Park and its lions. She knows close to all the lions by name and she is also part of the volunteers’ patrol programme, a joint collaboration of Kenya Wildlife Service and FoNNaP. She is happily retired after 36 years in a legal firm.

Jacob Tukai

Board Member Marketing & Education and Habitats & Wildlife Committee

An environmentalist by training, Jacob has worked on projects that resolve human wildlife conflicts and initiate sustainable land use planning within wildlife dispersal areas of Nairobi National Park. He has been instrumental in the re-establishment of a community wildlife rangers’ program managed by TWF. He is a self-taught graphic designer and passionate environmentalist.

Reinhard Bonke

Administrative Assistant Marketing & Education, Events & Finance & Administration Committee

A passionate young conservationist who has worked previously with different organizations covering key environmental thematic areas. A graduate from Kenyatta University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management. He majorly leads FoNNaP’s advocacy and community programmes.

Olga Levari Ercolano

Board Member Marketing & Education Committee and Events Committee

Olga is a second term as an active Board Member of FoNNaP. This year, she sits on the events committee. Olga is Familiar with all the big cat families in Nairobi National Park and she is a frequent visitor in the Park, monitoring the fauna and flora. Her main interest is to create awareness, through photos/videos and stories of different species of wildlife and plants in Nairobi National Park on social media.

Caroline Nkamuni Patita

Board Member

Nkamunu Patita Holds a BA in Integrated Community Development. She has over 14 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities. She is passionate community led conservation and indigenous knowledge leader.

Jagi Gakunju

Board Member

Jagi is a renowned conservationist, a keen ornithologist and a successful business leader. He has climbed Mt Kenya 14 times and was the founding Chairman of the Uvumbuzi Club, an organization devoted to discovering the wild places of Africa.

Gaye D’Costa

Board Member Marketing, Education & Events Committee.

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