Nifty Nairobi

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Hello everyone! Unfortunately, I’ve been battling a nasty stomach bug (now on the 3rd day) that had me deadheading (for you non-airline people, this is a term used for crew members who travel as passengers but for a duty, or illness) back home to Dubai from Copenhagen (in business class, at least!) and postponing my 16 hour flight back to the US. Ugh. While I’m sllloooowwwly improving, I’ve rebooked for tomorrow (well, actually in a few hours) and will hopefully have a decent flight considering my condition! In the mean time, here’s a blog!

I finally landed the coveted Nairobi layover (our airline has two trips, one is a turnaround and the other is a layover) in May 2012 and was so excited because Kenya is one of the countries I really wanted to visit. I’d heard many stories from crew that you can easily visit nearby animal parks and interact with the animals. When we landed into the hotel, the crew immediately started making plans to venture out into the city the following morning. We hired a driver from the hotel for the day and set out to visit as many parks as we could.

Random monkey on the roadside

Random monkey on the roadside

Our first stop was the elephant orphanage, since they were only open to the public for a short period of time in the late morning. Unfortunately, elephants are still being attacked and poached in Africa for their ivory tusks, and this orphanage protects and raises these young elephants until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild. Baby elephants are very dependent on their mothers and must be fed every two hours  until they are roughly two years old (and when they start growing tusks) so keepers actually sleep inside their stable and get up to feed them every 2 hours.

You can see the keeper's bunk above the elephant's bed.

You can see the keeper’s bunk above the elephant’s bed.

The orphanage does a short demonstration and visit with the orphans, as well as invite nearby schools to learn about the elephants.

These are the elephants under 2 years old

These are the elephants under 2 years old

These little ones, I think under 1 year old, don't produce enough of their own body heat, so they must be constantly wrapped in a blanket

These little ones, I think under 1 year old, don’t produce enough of their own body heat, so they must be constantly wrapped in a blanket

Look at this guy!

Look at this guy!

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Our next stop was to the Giraffe Center. They give you a handful of food and you can feed the giraffe’s at their height. Amazing!

Giraffe hugs!

Giraffe hugs!

Our last stop was to the crocodile zoo, but since I’d had a bit too much crocodile on my layovers in Bangkok, I opted to hang around the outside of the park and take various snaps of the residents and other surroundings:

Like this guy...

Like this guy…

... or this guy.

… or this guy.

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And of course, on our way out, we encountered a familiar face…

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