Welcome to African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, commonly known as the Giraffe Centre. Founded in 1979 as a core breeding centre of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and further escalated its conservation efforts in 1983, opening up an outstanding environmental education centre for the Kenyan youth. As of now, A.F.E.W (K) Ltd. – Giraffe Centre deals with breeding of the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Ecology Trips, Training of Trainers Workshops, National Environmental Competitions, Funding Micro-projects, Monitoring and Evaluation, Production of resource materials among other environmental conservation activities.
Betty Melville had earlier discovered the sad plight of the Rothschild giraffes that had lost the habitat in Western Kenya and only 130 animals were remaining on an 18,000 acre Soy Ranch that was slowly being sub-divided to resettle the squatters. Their effort to save this sub-species was to bring two young giraffes to their property in Langata. Betty then founded A.F.E.W USA.
Funds were raised through A.F.E.W USA and breeding herds of 26 giraffes were translocated from Soy to Ruma Game reserve, Lake Nakuru national park and Nasalot game reserve. In 1985, seven giraffes were introduced to Yodder flower near Mwea game reserve
However most recent herds have been introduced to Soysambu Ranch, Kigio Conservancy and the Sergoit Ranch in Mt.Elgon region. In 1983, A.F.E.W USA also helped to built the Education Centre that opened its doors to the general public and students with 800 students visiting the centre the same year.