The Star (Nairobi)

10 November 2012

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - Jerri-Jam in Nairobi National Park

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A large giraffe fed on trees while standing in the road from close up, watched as its long purplish tongue moved over long sharp thorns easily and without appearing to have any sort of pain.

However the Giraffe seemed to have all the time in the world, just standing still and blocking the road for some time, causing a "Jerrijam". This type of jam is still much better than the city "traffic jam".

The Giraffe continues to amaze me. It is interesting to note that in their very long neck there are only seven vertebrae, the same as humans and they have a unique design in their specialised neck to control their blood pressure.

In areas that giraffe frequent, it is possible to observe the shape of their favourite trees as they prune them into a bell shape having a wide base and narrow tops. They are rather strange looking creatures and I have clear childhood memories of singing silly happy songs with my parents like "Gerry giraffe he makes us all laugh...".

Giraffes are found in quite a few locations in Kenya, mostly in national parks and reserves. There are three species Rothchilds, Reticulated and Masai.

The Masai giraffe are found in the Nairobi National Park. Currently I believe there could be about 200 or more in the park. The Swahili name for a giraffe is "Twiga". Is it a co-incidence that they eat so many twigs?

Enjoying the creations of God always result in finding peace and rest. Bring your family and come explore the wonders of the Nairobi National Park .

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