Nairobi Snake Park
The Nairobi Snake Park (NSP) is one of the National Museums of Kenya’s (NMK) attractions located within the compound of the Nairobi National Museum. It is extremely popular with visitors, both local and international. On display are, cobras, puff adders, mambas and the large African-Rock python (non-poisonous) found only in Kenya. Several species of crocodile found in Africa, the American alligator, fresh water terrapins and tortoises are also on display aquariums holding coral fish from the East African lakes and rivers are a main feature of the park.
The Nairobi Snake Park was started in 1959 to meet a popular attraction and to provide a research facility on reptiles, breeding habits, skin casting, food and reaction to climate change.
The Snake Park has provided refuge and home for abandoned and unwanted reptiles including a giant tortoise that is still currently living at the park. The specimen was found wondering along a road in Limuru in 1961. The park has continued to provide refuge to a number of abandoned, threatened, rescued and unwanted reptiles to date.
The Snake Park has continued to attract visitors steadily over the years. The public in Nairobi over the years to date has continued to receive help in removal of snakes from residential premises as well as advice on handling of reptiles especially snakes. Snake identification service is also provided. Visitors to the Snake Park get to enjoy the exhibits of reptiles, fish and succulent plants.