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Rothschild's Giraffes in Kenya's Giraffe Center
   2014-12-31 20:52:17    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yangyang

A staffer feeds a giraffe at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, Kenya. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

By Xing Yihang

CRI's Nairobi Correspondent invites you to experience the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 1979, Jock Leslie Melville and his wife Betty began raising a baby Rothschild's giraffe (they differ from other subspecies, with no patterning below their knees) in their Longata home in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi. At that time, the population of Rothschild's giraffes was less than 120 in the wild. They have been put on the brink of extinction by severe habitat loss in western Kenya.

With these years' efforts of breeding them at the giraffe center, the number of these giraffes has surpassed 300 now and most of them have been successfully put back to the wild after growing up.

As the highest mammals on earth, the tallest giraffe can reach 5.5 meters in height. With long and powerful legs, the giraffes can run at the a speed of 60-70 kilometers per hour. As an angry giraffe is very aggressive, the predators normally will not choose them as a target. 

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