Dining With Giraffes – Design You Trust

Dining With Giraffes

1
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Situated 10km outside Nairobi city centre, this private giraffe sanctuary is centred around a colonial manor house named Giraffe Manor (previously). Living within the grounds is a herd of rare Rothschild giraffe.

2
Photo by Klaus Thymann

The herd has grown from the five that were originally brought there in 1974 as part of a conservation project.

3
Photo by Klaus Thymann

The hotel, together with the associated Giraffe Centre next door, operates a breeding programme to reintroduce this species back into Kenya’s protected wild areas. Young calves born at the centre are generally introduced back into the wild at the age of two years.

4
Photo by Klaus Thymann

At Giraffe Manor, the animals can wander round as they please.

5
Photo by Klaus Thymann

The giraffes visit twice a day searching for food, before returning to the forest. Although still wild animals, they have become accustomed to receiving treats from residents and guests.

6
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Karen suburb of Nairobi, the stately manor was originally erected as a home for Sir David Duncan in 1932.

7
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Jock, an adolescent male, is one of the most inquisitive of the herd.

8
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Toward the end of last year the 14-year-old giraffe, Kelly, gave birth to a baby boy. The as-yet unnamed newborn is Kelly’s third calf at the centre.

9
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Giraffes give birth standing up, requiring the newborn to fall approximately two metres to the ground. But within the first hour a newborn can already stand up and run.

10
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Kelly is named after the actress Grace Kelly, and in turn most of the giraffes themselves are named after individuals who have contributed to the charity African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW).

11
Photo by Klaus Thymann

Rothschild giraffe are one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred left in the wild. There are more Rothschild giraffes kept in zoos than left in the wild.

12
Photo by Klaus Thymann

For many years this subspecies was a favoured target for hunters in Kenya, eastern Uganda and southern Sudan. This considerably depleted their numbers and they were on the brink of extinction.

13
Photo by Klaus Thymann

With the introduction of conservation projects, the giraffes have bounced back.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Breathtaking Pictures Show 50-tonne Whale and Calves Swimming Underneath Vessel
Today Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Marvelling At This Gorgeous Ginger Cat
Titian Fur Kitten: The Almost Perfect Professional Cat Model
This Brave Dog Protests Annoying Everyday Things With Funny Signs
Two Pet Lovers Had Rescue Kittens At Their Wedding And The Photos Are Adorable
Bali Zoo Welcomes Adorable Newborn Javan
Thousands of Birds Take Flight for the “Snettisham Spectacular”
Cat Dressed In Tiny Sailors Outfit Becomes Captain Of Russian Cruise Ship
GPS Map Composed Of 68,000 Pinpoints Tracks The Territorial Nature Of Minnesota Wolves
The Laughing Seals
Pink Champagne Fox Miko
This Dog Recreated Madonna’s Iconic Photos, And It’s Brilliant
Dog Supposed To Impress Future Owners Thru Adoption Shoot, Photos Say Otherwise
Studio Schicketanz Have Designed A Modern Dog House With A Green Roof
An Enormous Crocodile Mauls a Young Hippo in South Africa
This Instagrammer Photoshops Pets In An Unexpected and Creepy Way
Rare Sighting of a "Blue Dragon" Spotted on the Shores of Australia
Amazing Polar Bear Photos By David Jenkins
"Cat Selfies": An Amusing Collection Of Cats Taking "Selfies"
Russian Fisherman Posts Terrifying Creatures Of The Deep Sea, And People Want Him To Stop
"Make Your Pet's Chew Toy Great Again": Trump Dog Chew Toy Is Getting Popular
Budgett’s Frog Looks Like Someone Tried To Draw Normal Frog From Memory
Someone Replaced The Dinosaurs In Jurassic Park With Ferrets, And It’s The Remake You Didn’t Know You Wanted
This Facebook Group Is Dedicated To Crappy Wildlife Photos That Are So Bad They’re Good