Betty the Hero

Every animal on the planet has its weak moments, even those that are considered the strongest of them all. In the Mara, down at the Mara river, during the primary school winners safari 2017, one of the students got to ask,” in the river, between the hippopotamus and the Crocodile, who is the stronger one?” I was very surprised when the security personnel cum tour guide said it was the Hippopotamus. With those razor sharp teeth, how come the crocodiles have it very hard to shred the tender skinned hippopotamus?! That was news to me that need investigation. By the way, did you know that the hippos kill more human beings than any other wild animal? those guys are very vicious yet calm if you mind your own business.

For giraffes, as tall as they are, they have points in their lives when they are completely defenseless. I know you know that one kick from an adult Giraffe can kill an adult Lion. The lion too knows this. That’s why the only attach the young ones only. The way of the jungle is not easy.

One of our giraffes had such a grueling experience with a lion. One of the lions from the park had escaped and came over to our premises. Now easy, our rangers are good, they took care of her, our premise is always safe. On this fateful day, Salma, the giraffe had just been born, a month or so old. She was born to the oldest Mom around, Betty, 18 years old. The lion was able to find Salma in her hiding. It was war between the lion and Betty because, Salma was almost suffocating since the lioness had dug her teeth in her neck.

Since then, Salma is always aggressive. With her, you do not  try the “Kiss” feeding. She might headbutt you Till now, she has the marks on her neck to prove.

 

Important:  The environmental competition is still on you should participate.

 

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.