Today is World Giraffe Day and I am celebrating by sharing some photos from the African safari I took back in the summer of 2021. We went to Nairobi, Kenya and then made our way down to Amboseli National Park and the majestic, but savage Masai Mara National Reserve.

By the way, World Giraffe Day is celebrated annually and was created by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. According to the National Day Calendar website, it's estimated that there at 111,000 giraffes in the world, but that population is decreasing.

Before heading off on our safari, we visited the Giraffe Centre.

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The Giraffe Centre is a rescue for the rare and endangered Rothschild Giraffes.

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At the Centre, we were able to interact with the giraffes, feed them and photograph them in an incredibly up-close-and-personal way. You'll see some of those photos below.

Following our visit to the Giraffe Centre, we headed south in Kenya to Amboseli National Park for a few days.

Then, we headed to the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is billed as "The Greatest Wildlife Spectacle on Earth."

Giraffes were in abundance at each reserve and we took some incredible photos from an incredibly short distance away.

So, to honor World Giraffe Day and "to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day of the year (June 21st)," here are some of our favorite giraffe photos from the safari.

And, sidebar! One thing I noticed quickly was how inquisitive giraffes are. In many cases, I felt like the giraffes knew they were being photographed. While many animals on the safari shied away from the limelight, the giraffes seemed to love the attention. I am pretty sure a couple of them even struck a pose.

Enjoy!

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