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Giraffes and elephants highlight our day in Nairobi

The giraffes are so gorgeous up close!; the Rothschild's giraffe is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe

The giraffes are so gorgeous up close!; the Rothschild's giraffe is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe

Lee thought the Giraffe Center was the highlight of Nairobi; I think he was captivated by the long black tongues of the giraffes

Lee thought the Giraffe Center was the highlight of Nairobi; I think he was captivated by the long black tongues of the giraffes

This clever monkey grabbed my Coke out of my pocket and quickly climbed the tree; the monkey then punctured the bottom and drank my Coke!

This clever monkey grabbed my Coke out of my pocket and quickly climbed the tree; the monkey then punctured the bottom and drank my Coke!

Pygmy hippo; I did a safari here at Nairobi National Park 3 yrs ago but knowing we had safaris planned on our tour didn't feel the expense was justified this time

Pygmy hippo; I did a safari here at Nairobi National Park 3 yrs ago but knowing we had safaris planned on our tour didn't feel the expense was justified this time

We took Uber around Nairobi and it was super cheap; you didn't have to worry about getting scammed and the drivers were all very friendly

We took Uber around Nairobi and it was super cheap; you didn't have to worry about getting scammed and the drivers were all very friendly

This talented elephant can feed itself!; the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world

This talented elephant can feed itself!; the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world

I visited here in July 2016 and, like the Giraffe Center, had to bring Lee for the experience; the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust travels throughout Kenya to rescue orphaned elephants and rhinos left alone with no hope of survival

I visited here in July 2016 and, like the Giraffe Center, had to bring Lee for the experience; the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust travels throughout Kenya to rescue orphaned elephants and rhinos left alone with no hope of survival

The Giraffe Center was founded in 1979 to save the endangered Rothschild giraffe; there were only 130 animals at the time and with the Center's help there are now more than 300

The Giraffe Center was founded in 1979 to save the endangered Rothschild giraffe; there were only 130 animals at the time and with the Center's help there are now more than 300

This baby giraffe could barely reach the feeding platform; a bowl of giraffe pellets was included with the $15 admission

This baby giraffe could barely reach the feeding platform; a bowl of giraffe pellets was included with the $15 admission

This cheetah at Nairobi National Park looks bored; we wanted to take a safari through the park but it would have been more than $100 each

This cheetah at Nairobi National Park looks bored; we wanted to take a safari through the park but it would have been more than $100 each

For US citizens the Kenya visa was $50, Uganda another $50 or purchase the East African tourist visa for $100 that also includes Rwanda

For US citizens the Kenya visa was $50, Uganda another $50 or purchase the East African tourist visa for $100 that also includes Rwanda

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully raised 260 orphaned elephants that were then released into the wild; orphans can be adopted from $50 per year and their foster parents can enjoy an extra visiting hour in the evening by appointment

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully raised 260 orphaned elephants that were then released into the wild; orphans can be adopted from $50 per year and their foster parents can enjoy an extra visiting hour in the evening by appointment

Rothschild's giraffes are taller than other species and can exceed 19 feet in height; they have a gestation period of 14 to 16 months, typically giving birth to a single calf

Rothschild's giraffes are taller than other species and can exceed 19 feet in height; they have a gestation period of 14 to 16 months, typically giving birth to a single calf

The elephant orphanage at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is open daily from 11am-noon only; for $7 you get to hear a history of the orphaned elephants and see them being fed

The elephant orphanage at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is open daily from 11am-noon only; for $7 you get to hear a history of the orphaned elephants and see them being fed

Rhino; single use plastic bags have been banned in Kenya with heavy fines; single use plastic bags are still given out in Uganda but a ban is pending

Rhino; single use plastic bags have been banned in Kenya with heavy fines; single use plastic bags are still given out in Uganda but a ban is pending

Male ostrich (females are brown); very few smokers and could only smoke in designated areas outside which looked more like little jails or timeout pens

Male ostrich (females are brown); very few smokers and could only smoke in designated areas outside which looked more like little jails or timeout pens

This lion is made of 1024 flip-flops; Nairobi National Park, founded in 1946, was Kenya's first and lies only 7 kms south of the city center

This lion is made of 1024 flip-flops; Nairobi National Park, founded in 1946, was Kenya's first and lies only 7 kms south of the city center

Lee seemed to really enjoy the giraffe kisses and showed others how to do it properly; the Center focuses on educating local school kids on the importance of conservation

Lee seemed to really enjoy the giraffe kisses and showed others how to do it properly; the Center focuses on educating local school kids on the importance of conservation

Baglafecht Weaver; the Rothschild's giraffe is only found in the wild in Kenya and Uganda

Baglafecht Weaver; the Rothschild's giraffe is only found in the wild in Kenya and Uganda

The baby warthogs are quite cute and it's amusing to see how they run; the typical warthog litter is 2–4 piglets;; the sow will stay in the burrow for several weeks, nursing her piglets

The baby warthogs are quite cute and it's amusing to see how they run; the typical warthog litter is 2–4 piglets;; the sow will stay in the burrow for several weeks, nursing her piglets

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