How to Feed a Giraffe: A List of Recommendations

Feeding a giraffe can be a daunting thing… What do you do? What will the giraffe do? But, it is also an exciting experience! What a graceful and beautiful animal...and you have an opportunity to get up close and personal with it. For some, it gets pretty close, personal and intimate (#IKissedAGiraffe).

Whether you’d like to keep it purely professional or get cosy, here are some recommendations on how to feed the giraffe.

  1. Feed the giraffe one pellet at a time on its tongue, using your thumb and index finger to hold the pellet.
  2. Do not feed the giraffe with an open hand and do not stretch out your palm with pellets on it.
  3. Do not tease the giraffe, feed it when you have the pellets in your hands.
  4. Do not approach the giraffes without the pellets as they tend to headbutt.
  5. Do not feed the giraffe on any other thing other than the pellets or foliage provided by our Education Officers or Guides.
  6. Do not make any loud noises or sudden movements while feeding the giraffes. 
  7. Kindly note that the Giraffe Centre is a No Smoking Zone.
  8. Kindly allow our guides to assist you whenever in doubt.

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The Giraffe Centre Annual National Environmental Competition

The Giraffe Centre National Environmental Competition

The Giraffe Centre holds a national annual competition to provide a platform for the youth to speak about sustainable wildlife conservation. The competitions take a different conservation theme every year, where students of all ages from all over the country submit original work under various categories.

Category 1: Art Work

Any art media such as collages, pencil work, crayon, water colour or oil paintings and paper maché on a minimum dimension of A3 size paper.

1A: Group Projects

Open to groups of not more than four pupils from Kindergarten/ Nursery and Lower Primary School students. (Standard 1-4)

1B: Individual Artwork

Open to students in Primary School (Standard 1-8), High School and Tertiary Institutions.

Category 2: Essay Writing

This category is open to Upper Primary School (Standard 5-8), High School and Tertiary Level students.

Essay topics are provided according to the different levels of education; Upper Primary, High School and College Essays.

Category 3: Digital Nature Photography

This category is open to High School and Tertiary Level Students.

The Marking Process

The competition receives over four thousand entries which are judged in two rounds. The first is done by external markers from the Kenya Wildlife Services and the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, while the final round is done by the Educational Department.  

First prize winners get a fully sponsored Safari to Ol Pejeta, Lewa Conservancy, Samburu Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Other prizes to be won include trophies, gift vouchers, branded t-shirts, caps, bags, pens, books among many others.

 

 

 

A Brand New AFEW Website

Do you notice something different around here? That’s right, we have given our website a facelift.

More than that, it's has been completely redesigned.

We want to share the heart of our organisation with you in a new and meaningful way. It took us designing it around our key mission and around you, our visitors and supporters. Now, you have the full sensory Giraffe Centre experience.

You will be able to see, hear and engage with us as we work every day to make a lasting impact on lives' of students, schools and communities.

Here are some additional things you’ll see:

  • It is much easier to use across desktop, mobile devices and tablets.
  • Our new design gives you clear and easy paths to what you need. Whether you want to learn about our giraffe family, plan your time at our centre or download our manuals and posters. The path is laid out for you so you can easily get the information you’re looking for.
  • We've dedicated a page to our Conservation Education work, bringing what we do front and centre.
  • Want to support the Giraffe Centre? Support our work with students, teachers and communities and consider how your contribution will make a difference at our Donate section. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Contact Us.
  • And finally, we have a new blog. This is where we will feature regular stories about our work and the various ways our staff and partners are working to save our beautiful planet. We continue to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the people who work with us, their stories will do the same for you. Visit often or sign up for Giraffe News, our newsletter.

We are quite proud of the journey we've walked with our digital strategy partner - Nendo. From audit to blueprint and now to execution and roll-out. They worked tirelessly to create this experience and help us learn to serve you better.

We trust you will enjoy the new look and feel of the Giraffe Centre website. Most of all, we hope it breathes new life into our conservation efforts. Anything we missed? Please let us know, there's always room for improvement.

And of course, do share the news about our wonderful new site to your friends - it really is a way for you to support us.

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Sincerely,
Christine Nyang'aya 
Chief Executive Officer,
Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Kenya