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How booking breakfast with a giraffe could help save the critically endangered animals

Nairobi, Kenya — It simply would not really feel like Africa with out them, and no wildlife safari is full with out a sighting of the mild giants of the savanna, however a resort in Kenya does one higher: Eco-tourists who keep at Giraffe Manor pay for the alternative to stand up shut and personal with the majestic animals.

It might be a outstanding bucket-list expertise, nevertheless it’s additionally essential for conservation.

Environmentalist Cecilia Mueni says most individuals do not know that Africa’s giraffes are combating for his or her survival. 

“The giraffe is basically under threat from all corners — from people themselves, from predators, from climate change,” she informed CBS News.

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A giraffe is seen in entrance of Giraffe Manor resort, March 20, 2009, close to Nairobi, Kenya.

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Poachers hunt them for bush meat and even for his or her tails, which they imagine give them energy.

Humans are additionally encroaching on giraffe habitats. 

And exacerbating all of it, the Horn of Africa has been struggling by way of its worst drought in 40 years

Numbers of Nubian giraffes have dwindled a lot that they are now on the critically endangered listing. Conservationist Arthur Muneza informed CBS News that point is working out.

“If we don’t act now, we might lose them,” he stated. “This has happened actually in the last 30 to 40 years, where we’ve seen giraffes have gone extinct in at least seven African countries.
  
Paying for the rare privilege offered at Giraffe Manor helps reverse that devastating trend. And it is a surreal experience — imagine enjoying your breakfast and seeing a giraffe stick its head in through your window.

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Peter Kamau, an worker, feeds a giraffe at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2005.

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It exceeded American customer Shannon Turner’s expectations.

“This place is mind blowing,” she informed CBS News. She stated realizing her trip was giving again, serving to to guard Africa’s giraffes, “just made the whole experience better.”
 
The animals come over for top tea and breakfast, however they really stay next-door at the Giraffe Centre, the place they stoke a ardour for wildlife in the very younger, who go to totally free. 

For Emmanuel Ngumbi, who nonetheless remembers visiting the heart as a faculty child, it was love at first sight.

“It was quite amazing, because I’ve never thought of giraffes being so friendly, but I was amazed to see such a big giant,” he recalled.
 
He was so impressed that he studied conservation, and he now manages the very training program that modified his life.

“We need to stick out our necks out for the giraffes and make the world understand they are an iconic species,” he stated. “We need to save them for the future.”

Tourism funds the conservation work and helps a breeding program run by each the heart and Giraffe Manor, collectively with the Kenyan authorities.  
 
Most of the giraffes born right here have been reintroduced into the wild. The program has been so profitable, that numbers have risen over the final 40 years from simply 76, to 1,200.

So, for vacationers like Shannon Turner, it is a once-in-a-lifetime expertise that is saving lives as nicely.

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