Saturday, December 31, 2016

Heather's Visit Day Five: Giraffes and Elephants

Heather's last day was hectic.  Trying to finish up any last-minute shopping.  Checking out the giraffes at the Giraffe Center and the baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.  Sad to see Heather go.  It's been great to have her here!!

We stopped in at the mission office to catch up on a little work.

Then off to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

All the baby elephants are orphans whose mothers have either been poached or who have died in some other way.

Some of the babies had fallen down bore holes and would have died there if they had not been rescued.  The babies love wallowing in the mud on this hot day.

The keepers explained how each elephant has its own personality.  The keepers know them each by name and they take care of them until they can be released in the wild.

So fun for Heather to get to see the baby elephants.  They kept spraying water and mud with their trunks.

The Giraffe Center breeds the Rothschild Giraffe and releases them into the wild.  There's a hotel on the grounds that costs over $1000 US per night.  It overlooks the giraffe paddocks and they come and stick their heads into the rooms and you can feed them.  But I don't think I'll do it for that kind of money!

Heather had fun feeding the giraffe.  She did a better job than I did.  I always scream and drop the pellet.  I don't know why.


  1. I would drop the pellets, too! (I do that with deer and goats in petting zoos.)

  2. What is a bore hole? I guess I can google it :)