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, the late 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’s beautiful surroundings retains much of the naturally occurring wild fauna and flora. Our education programme at Ensessa Kotteh offers centre-based learning for schools, nature clubs, colleges and universities. Our intention is to provide an all-embracing, memorable educational experience. You can find out more about our education and how to book an educational visit here.
This family of cats were each rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Confiscated in Somaliland, the cheetahs were being sold as exotic pets.
They now all live at our Ensessa Kotteh Rescue & Education Centre in Ethiopia and one day we hope it will be possible to return them to the wild.
Help us provide the care they need.
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