Set on 60 acres, the Giraffe Centre is the only sanctuary in the world within a capital city. It is home to the Rothschild giraffe, some warthogs and over a hundred and fifty bird species.
Jock and Betty Leslie Melville in 1979 started the Africa Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) after discovering the sad plight of the Rothschild giraffe. Their first effort to save the subspecies was to raise and breed two young giraffes, Daisy and Marlon, in their Lang’ata home, where the Centre is located to date.
The Centre opened its doors in 1983 as a Nature Education Centre, welcoming 800 students in the same year.
On a raised platform, visitors get to observe, hand-feed or even kiss the giraffes.