The Giraffe Centre

After seeing all of the little elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, we were excited to see more of the amazing animals of Kenya at our next destination – the Giraffe Centre. I hesitate to use the word wildlife here, because the animals we saw that day are most certainly not in the wild. They do, however, have lots of land to roam around in, are very well cared for, and are eventually introduced back or into the wild. The Giraffe Centre does a very good job – they have played an incredibly important role in breeding the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, with its beautiful patterned coat.

The centre provides visitors with the unique experience of being able to get up close and personal to adult giraffes. There is a large viewing platform which allows people of all sizes to feed the giraffes and see just how big these majestic and yet somewhat clumsy looking animals are:Giraffe Centre Nairobi Kenya

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Kenya

Here you get a glimpse of the giraffe’s 14 inch purple tongue, which repeatedly licked up little food pellets with great glee. Apparently, giraffe saliva has antiseptic properties, so no worries about getting a bit of dribble on your hands!

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Kenya

When they don’t feel like being fed, the giraffes have 120 acres of land to roam around in. Here is an infant giraffe poking it’s head out of the shrubbery:

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Kenya

The staff are very helpful and give regular presentations about the work of the centre and giraffes in general. Visitors also get to feel just how heavy an adult giraffe leg bone and neck vertebra are. It’s amazing how they can lift their heads with all that weight to bear!

Giraffe Centre Nairobi Kenya

Funnily enough, the first animals we saw as we entered the Masai Mara in a somewhat unorthodox fashion – in a ramshackle bus blasting reggae music, to the local giraffes’ great annoyance. We did manage to get on friendlier terms with at least one member of the species during our stay, though: N’ditu even shared our breakfast table. But more on that later!

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