Conservation is a huge part of getting to know this great African country, during your Kenya safari you can experience just how much the wildlife that makes the region so special is valued by the people who call Kenya their home. There are a number of conservation areas across Kenya and each of these offer a great insight into the conservation carried out on the savannah, grasslands, deserts and beaches of this East African country.
Haller Wildlife Park
The Haller Wildlife Park started its life as a disused quarry and since then has blossomed into one of the most revered private sanctuaries in the country. The park is home to a number of amazing species, who are thriving in the lush green beauty of this beautiful reserve. During your Kenya safari visit to Haller, you can view Giraffes, Hippos, Oryx and many more wondrous creatures in their natural surroundings. Haller’s most famous residents are a hippo called Owen and 120-year-old giant tortoise called Mzee, these two animals became unlikely friends after they were rescued back in 2004.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Your visit to Africa certainly wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; located just outside of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the orphanage is home to a number of Elephant and Rhino calves. The centre was opened by David Sheldrick, who is one of Kenya’s most respected game wardens. He was at the centre of the war on Ivory poaching back in the ’70s and David’s orphanage is still the epicentre of Elephant conservation to this day. The calves, who have all been orphaned by poaching, are rehabilitated at the centre and returned to wild herds. Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is open to visitors every morning, where they can watch the calves being bathed and exercised for free.
AFEW Giraffe Centre
Situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, the AFEW Giraffe Centre is another attraction that excites visitors looking to learn more about conservation during their Kenya safari stay. Set up by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), the centre started life as a breeding facility to boost the declining Rothschild giraffe population, which is an endangered species. Now the centre provides conservation programmes for local school children so that the next generation of Kenyans can carry on the good work! Visitors can learn more about the giraffe at this centre too and even meet its residents using their elevated feeding platform.