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Kissing a giraffe

25 Mar 2010 / 0 Comments / in natural world, travels

Last month we had a free afternoon in Nairobi, so on my daughter’s recommendation, we visited the Langata giraffe sanctuary.
From a raised platform, you can get up to giraffe height and see these evolutionary marvels very close up indeed.
giraffe sanctuary
From such close range you can really appreciate their glamorous eyes.
giraffe eye
These wild animals are habituated to people and allow you to touch them and tempt them with food treats.

We were particularly happy to see groups of local schoolchildren visiting the sanctuary to discover their natural heritage for themselves.
children at the giraffe sanctuary
And if you put a food treat in your lips, the giraffe will very gently take it from your mouth using its long tongue. The effect is a soft, warm bristly kiss!
giraffe kiss

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