Located just 30km from the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ensessa Kotteh is situated on an impressive 77 hectares (190 acres) partly-wooded site. The site was personally identified by His Excellency, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis and allocated to Born Free Ethiopia by the Regional Government of Oromiya. The land agreement signed in 2009 grants the land to Born Free Ethiopia for an indefinite period in order to establish Ensessa Kotteh.
The centre became known as Ensessa Kotteh which means ‘animal footprint’ in Amharic, and is the first of its kind in the region.
Ensessa Kotteh only houses wild animals in need - orphaned or confiscated from illegal trade or ownership. Each animal that enters Ensessa Kotteh is carefully assessed to see whether full rehabilitation and release back to the wild is feasible. Those that cannot be released are provided with lifetime care.
Ensessa Kotteh also offers an escape, a peaceful haven for visitors who can enjoy the beautiful surroundings that still retain much of the naturally occurring wild fauna and flora. They can learn about the rescued animals and their individual stories. They are also encouraged via education programmes to appreciate how each of us has a role to play in protecting the natural ecosystems we all depend on.