I really love giraffes! I collect wooden elephants, zebra and giraffe. I have found a place where you can “get your giraffe on”, so to speak. The place is in Nairobi, the place to stay is Tamini. Tamini’s Giraffe Manor is a wonderland of giraffes! Check out some of these pictures of the experience.
Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 and is set in 12 acres of private land and lies within 140 acres of indigenous forest. Giraffe Manor offers you a one-on-one experience with the giraffes, with them trying to get your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window.
With architecture in the style of a Scottish hunting lodge, Giraffe Manor offers guests the unique chance to interact with the rare Rothschild Giraffe. The grounds house The Giraffe Centre which was set up by AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. There are hiking trails and opportunities to encounter giraffes as well as warthogs, hyenas, and many species of birds. The grounds are also home to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, established in 1977. The Orphanage is a small, charity that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants and rhinos.
As a visitor to the orphanage you can watch feeding and bath times each morning and watch the calves playing with footballs and chasing each other. When the calves are strong enough, they are gradually introduced to Tsavo National Park to the David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary. The younger the orphans can be exposed to older elephants in the sanctuary, the easier the learning and transition back into the wild system will be. Therefore most calves can feasibly be introduced to the sanctuary between the ages of six to eleven years old depending on the health of the calf.
I believe you can adopt an elephant. How cool is that?