The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi National Park, were the perfect places to begin an incredible East African adventure. The Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehab program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Here, we were introduced to baby and adult elephants who had been rescued from such harm as poachers, injury and loss of habitat due in part to deforestation, drought and other pressures. This visit gave us precious insight into the vulnerabilities of not only elephants but all wildlife and our need to protect it. The Giraffe Centre protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. An opportunity to climb a wooden platform to feed the giraffes from your hand, pet and even kiss one of these beautiful creatures was a charming introduction to this extraordinary land! What a sight to see these magnificent, stately animals later, while on safari, as they stretched their beautiful necks to reach for their dinner from the highest treetops. 

In both Kenya and Tanzania, the landscapes changed and were an ongoing marvel; from the agricultural lands of central Kenya, through the scenic floor of the Great Rift Valley, past miles of lush green pasture land, to the vast bush roads of the Maasai Mara, to the yellow grasses of the Serengeti and the deep, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. The crater, a breathtaking natural wonder, is approximately twenty-one miles across, six hundred meters deep and three hundred kilometres in area. It is plentiful with zebras, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, hippos, lions, elephants and endless varieties of small wildlife and exotic birds…




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