Why giraffes have white ears

Have you ever wondered how the Giraffes communicate? I mean, they are tall and they make with no sound  at least that can be heard with a human ear. One has to ask, how do they communicate when one senses danger.

One case, here at the Giraffe Centre, Kelly had given birth to Margaret. Now, that is awesome news, why? because the number of the Rothschild Giraffes and Giraffes in general has added another one.. So with such an amazing event, one gets the feeling of “I have to see the new born.” Whenever a Giraffe gives birth, she hides the new born from even us. This is because the young one is most vulnerable to predators. With Kelly, she hide her calf deep in our sanctuary unlike the others because she had some really bad experience before she came to Giraffe Centre (Story for another day).

So in our quest to find the young one, we did not know that we were very close to Margaret (The calf). Kelly was far away from her, she came running. You have no idea how the sight of an angry Giraffe is in itself “1000 ways to die”

To make up for their lack of audible voice, they have very sharp eyes that can see very far, approximately 5km away. With their height, they get a good aerial view of their vicinity. So, they don’t need voice to know that one of theirs is in trouble.

To communicate between themselves, they have white ears. remember the smoke signal times? Well, with their sharp eyes and white colored ears, they can make a whole “conversation” among themselves and be very comfortable.

Now you know why their ears are white.

Remember, our enviromental competition is ongoing, please get your copy of the poster by clicking here

2017 winners Safari Primary Category

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page, so it’s said. One never knows the beauty of their own country unless they look. Unfortunately, some of us do not have the privilege to go travel and explore beyond our homes. We can help with that. One of our major focus as Giraffe Centre is to change mindset. Till recently, a majority of us Kenyans saw touring our own country to be a leisure only for foreigners. I mean, “It’s my country, why go visit when it’s here with me?”. This kind of mindset makes one not to appreciate and have concern to care for environment and all that is in it.

That’s where we come in. We carry out an annual competition where we engage Kenyan schools, Nursery to tertiary, in a competition that is about the environment. Each level has its own set of questions. Over 5000 Kenya based students participate either by:

  • Making an artwork
  • Or an essay
  • Or a drawing

The winners get to go for a Safari at the end of the year. They visit various conservancies & parks which are heavy with information about the environment and conservation activities.

Next year, 2018, we will have the same competition. If you are a parent, make sure that your child participates. He or She will love the experience.

To view some of the photos from the Safari click here.

More in-depth information to follow.

Cheers, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018.

 

 

 

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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