Up Close and Hands-On with Baby Elephants and Giraffes

Up Close and Hands-On with Baby Elephants and Giraffes
My daughter, I and two friends had an incredible experience being up close to the residents of Nairobi's  Giraffe Centre and at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. At the Giraffe Centre, we fed and petted the giraffes and received " "kisses" in return.  I'm not kidding:  Hold a pellet of food  between your lips and one of the magnificient inhabitants of the "Center will "kiss" you in order to retrieve it. We were thrilled by our visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphange and the opportunity to mrry the orphaned elephants we fostered. (www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org)  Ours was a "bedtme" visit. It was a delight to see these babies return from their day's actvities and rush to their stables for their half-gallon sized bottles of milk.  My foster elephant said hello by extending her trunk for me to pet.  Eventually, the elephants will be re-introduced into the wild.  In addition, the orphange is home to a young giraffe and a blind rhinoceros.Both the Sheldrick Elephant Orphange and the Giraffe Center are not to be missed.