The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife giraffe centre borders on to Giraffe Manor where we were staying and although it was only a five minute walk across the park land we had to be accompanied by a member of the hotel staff because of wart hogs who roam about the place in significant numbers.
We were met by Evans who showed us around. First stop was a balcony where you can feed the giraffes which was obviously very popular particularly with local families who were all jostling for position. We felt very smug as we were staying at Giraffe Manor which gave us much more privileged exposure to them. We learned a lot: there is one species of giraffe with nine sub species. Three types are found in Kenya – Rothschild, Reticulated and Masai – distinguished by their different markings. The Rothschild giraffes were endangered at one point with only 120 and so the breeding centre was set up with Daisy, Jock and Betty. They are released into the wild at three years of age. The gestation period is 15 months but if they feel the situation is not right they can carry the giraffe for another 3 months. Male and female can be distinguished by the number of horns and whether they have hair on them.
We also saw leopard tortoise and were reminded of the small five (which we learned about in Botswana).
We had another look around on our own before Evans walked us back (the hotel suggested tipping $5 as the place is run on donations).