For most of us; the fondest memory we have of Giraffe Centre is probably in pre-school. Allow me to take you back to when this was the dopest adventure as a 5 or 6 year old. Well, I don’t know about you, I never quite understood the significance of Giraffe Centre until about a few years ago. The amazing job that they do each day to conserve the environment and particularly the endangered Rothschild giraffe.
So a few weeks a go, I randomly planned an afternoon with my good friend Sally. I hadn’t seen her for quite sometime and this was a perfect date because it was an adventure plus gave us time to catch up while enjoying the Kenyan wildlife and environment. We met up in City Centre Nairobi and proceeded to Giraffe centre located in Karen. We used public transport (KBS Bus No. 24), you don’t have to spend so much to get there just kshs. 60 from Ambassador Stage opposite Kencom.
Today I will share why spending kshs. 200 as a local tourist goes a long way to furthering the mission and vision of this amazing haven. And why it is essential to go there; you don’t have to be 5 or 6 years to enjoy it. Giraffe Centre is great for all ages and is quite enjoyable. So why not plan a visit there and put yourself in a great space both mentally and emotionally, I assure you that the giraffes and the environment put you in such a great space. You also get to feed them and even share a kiss with the giraffes which is such an amazing experience. This lovely adventure will only cost you kshs. 320 which is about $3.20.
Here are a few factors about giraffe centre ;
- Founded in the 1970’s.
- The founders were the late Jock Leslie and the late Betty his wife.
- It is a breeding centre for giraffes
- There are 3 breeds of giraffe is Kenya the Maasai giraffe, Reticulated giraffe and the Rothschild giraffe. Giraffe Centre is home to the Rothschild breed of giraffe also known as the (white socks giraffe).
- A centre for rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffe.
- It is a world famous and renowned Nature Education Centre.
- The first giraffe’s in the centre were called Daisy, Ed, Stacy and Betty Rothschild. Future generations have retained these names as well.
- They began with 100 giraffe’s in 1970’s but today their conservation efforts have yielded great results and the number stands at 350. Which is amazing considering the short life span of giraffes.
I would also like to give a quick shout out to Tony, our educator at the Giraffe centre. Thank you for schooling us. It is important that we make steps to ensure that our heritage as the Kenya people is kept alive. Thus, equally important to support such initiatives. For more information on how to support the great work that they continue to do kindly visit their website Giraffe Centre.
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“The Wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will,” Theodore Roosevelt
Thank you as always for stopping by. May adventure be with you.