The Giraffe Center :Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Centre is 30 Min drive away from Nairobi City. This is a very unique place to see, feed, handle and even kiss the tallest animal species; giraffe. Kenya is home to 3 subspecies of giraffes: Reticulated, Maasai and Rothschild. This centre is home to the Rothschild’s.

A visit to the Giraffe Centre is the perfect activity to do when stopping over in Nairobi for a day or two before heading off on a Kenya safari.  Located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Nairobi’s city centre, the Giraffe Centre offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with these friendly giants

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), commonly known as the Giraffe Centre, located in Langata, Nairobi, is a non profit organization whose main objective is to provide conservation education to school children and the youth of Kenya.

All their education programmes are offered free of charge to the children. The Giraffe centre obtains 90% of it’s funding from the entrance fees and sales from the teahouse and gift shop. Therefore your visit is directly contributing to conservation education in Kenya.

The Giraffe centre was founded in 1979 as a core breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, and it escalated its conservation efforts in 1983 when it opened an environmental education centre for the Kenyan youth. Today, AFEW deals with breeding Rothschild’s giraffes, ecology trips, trainers workshops, national environmental competitions, funding micro projects, it also monitors, evaluates and produces resource materials for environmental activities.

The Giraffe Centre is open daily from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm including weekends and public holidays. There is an elevated feeding platform that allows you to hand feed the giraffes, which can be an education in itself.

You can see, close at hand, how the giraffe uses its long prehensile tongue to strip leaves from the acacia branches. There is a teahouse and curio shop there; also a 2 Km nature trail to walk through.

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