Originating as a small wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Namibian bush, N/a’an ku sê is now a world-famous conservation organisation.

The N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned, and conflict animals. Wherever possible our aim is to release animals back into the wild.

Only animals too ill, abused or habituated remain at the sanctuary. This is done purely for their safety and survival chances, particularly vital for big cats. The release of carnivores, both cheetahs and leopards, is a top priority at N/a’an ku sê – “returning wildlife to the wild” being the mantra that forms the backbone of our projects.

Orphaned animals are raised with dedication, and their natural needs are carefully considered. We tend away from the feeling of “captivity” and instead create an environment where their natural behaviours are nurtured and encouraged. For example, baboons thrive in large enclosures and enjoy daily bush walks. The sanctuary provides a home to the smallest of meerkats, mongooses and rock hyraxes, to the largest of big carnivores such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs, with a wide range of feathered, furry and scaled animals in between.

We do not receive any government funding and are solely reliant on generous donations and the time of volunteers to continue our vital work.

Volunteer or make a donation to the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary

N/a'an ku sê’s ethics

We pride ourselves on our strong ethics with regards to both animal welfare and animals being kept in captivity. In accordance with Namibian law as stipulated by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), breeding with captive large carnivores is strictly forbidden, as is the touching of large carnivores. At N/a’an ku sê, we limit human contact with those large carnivores ear-marked for potential release, as habituation of any kind can lower their survival chances in the wild.

Trading in large carnivores is another serious offence in Namibia, and at N/a’an ku sê we are strongly against this practice.

Most of our other orphaned animals and those animals having, through various circumstances, found a necessary home at N/a’an ku sê, are interacted with to ensure their emotional well-being. Often these animals can be and are released into suitable habitats. An example of this is the meerkats that are regularly rescued and rehabilitated at N/a’an ku sê.

It is N/a’an ku sê’s motto to keep the wild in the wild where possible, and to return to the wild if circumstances allow.