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Up-Close with The Graceful Giraffes Of Nairobi Kenya

Over the years, the Giraffe Centre has evolved into one of Nairobi’s most popular tourist destination.

For anyone who has a dream of getting an up-close encounter with the Giraffes this is the place to be.

It’s also known to be a great conservation success story Kenya.

The center gives you a once in a life time opportunity to see the highly endangered Rothschild’s Giraffes.

Kenya is home to three subspecies of Giraffes; that’s the Maasai, Reticulated and the gorgeous Rothschild Giraffe.

About the Centre

Approximately 20kms outside Nairobi city centre on Duma Road, that’s where you find the famous Giraffe Centre.

It’s sits on 12 acres of land making it a perfect space for the Giraffes to wander freely and safely.

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According to their website, the Centre is a creation of the Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife, a Kenyan non-profit organization which was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville and his wife Betty Leslie Melville.

The two began the Centre because of the sad discovery that the Rothschild Giraffe was disappearing from the grasslands of East Africa hence being termed as Endangered.

Currently there are over 300 Rothschild Giraffes in various Kenyan National Parks.

My experience 

I had never been to a place where you get to see the Giraffes so well, get to observe them and even play with them a little bit.

Once you walk into the Centre you see a wooden structure constructed for tourists to be on the same level with the Giraffes.

Being on the same level with the World’s tallest mammal was really amazing for me.

You can imagine what was going on in my mind. Thinking like a child l asked myself questions like Will the Giraffe actually like me? When it sees me, will it act out? or Will it enjoy me feeding it?

We were given food pellets to feed the Giraffes by hand or if you prefer by mouth and they are always ready to feast on it. Which also an amazing experience.

This left me in awe! to be in the presence of the Giraffes, they were so many of them looking at me eye to eye. Amazing!

I then pulled out my pellets to feed them they pulled out their black salivating touges. I feed them but they kept coming for more and more.

The staff are always passing around for you to ask a question. It’s a very knowledgeable place to be if you are interested in the Rothschild Giraffes.

While at it you can also see warthogs snuffing about in the mud.

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