Giraffe Centre

The Giraffe Centre is located at Langata, approximately 5 km from the centre of Nairobi. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, which is found only in the grasslands of East Africa.

The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a programme of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata – the home of the present centre.

Since then the programme has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks.