Saturday, August 20, 2016

Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage

Guest blog writer, Cindy Faber, shares about her experience at the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage in Karen, Kenya.
One of my favorite animals is the Giraffe. Perhaps it's because they are so tall and graceful, yet awkward. Whatever the reason, I'm totally in love with them. Especially after visiting the Giraffe Center in Nairobi where we had the chance to get up close and personal with Eddie and a couple others.
Eddie is the Alpha male Rothschild giraffe we got to feed while at the Center. Unlike the female, Daisy, he was gentle and patient. Daisy on the other hand, was a bit of a brat. Don't turn your back to her or you will get a head-butt from her. She only wants the food you have, not your affection.
The Rothschild species are considered one of the tallest giraffes. They can be 20 feet in height and can weight about 2,500 pounds. They are also one of the most endangered with only a few hundred left in the wild.  All of those living in the wild are in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda.
Besides being an educational center, the Giraffe Center acts as a breeding program for the Rothschild giraffe with the goal of enlarging the population of wild giraffe in Kenya.

Elephant Orphanage
My other favorite animal is the Elephant. I love that they are family oriented. They live in family groups led by the matriarch (the oldest female). Touch is extremely important to elephants. Young calves and mothers will often be seen touching one another – expressions of reassurance and fondness and there appears to be a very real expression of affection – even love.

The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory, and the loss of habitat due to human  conflict, deforestation and drought.
For more information on the Elephant Orphanage, please visit

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