What Is a Visit to the Giraffe Centre Like?
For many people, interacting with a resident giraffe is the highlight of a visit to the Giraffe Centre. While most of the center’s giraffes are kept apart from the public as part of the rehabilitation process, there are a few permanent residents who cannot live in the wild due to disability. These naturally gregarious creatures enjoy interacting with visitors and will often eat their food straight out of visitors’ hands!
A giraffe enjoys receiving a snack at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi. Photo by Maciej.
When you visit the Giraffe Centre, you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about giraffes and the various giraffe subspecies—scientists currently recognize nine giraffe subspecies throughout Africa and three in Kenya. You can attend a scheduled presentation by one of the center’s educators, or simply ask questions of one of the many educators throughout the center.
While at the center, you are likely to meet international travelers, families, and groups of Kenyan schoolchildren. Educating Kenya’s children about wildlife is a core mission of the Giraffe Centre. Field trips to the center help instill a lifelong appreciation for Kenya’s natural resources, and are made possible by donors from throughout the world.
If you’d like to feed a resident giraffe, go to the second story of the visitors’ pavilion. An educator will give you tips and provide you with some giraffe kibble.