Earth day, Nairobi Kenya 

Today is earth day, the day we celebrate the wonders our planet does for us. It’s our home, the only one we have, it be holds our loved ones, keeps us safe and provides for us daily. Earth Day is celebrated globally every year on April 22.
( Image : April Harvey) 

The aim of earth day is to encourage people to be more environmentally friendly, care for our planet, the creatures that live on it and unite as one around the globe preventing the effects that global warming has on us every day.

Earth day was founded by former US senator Gaylord Nelson after he saw the enormous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

 Today 2017 our president, refuses to believe in the harmful effects of global warming and the damage we as humans create, rather focusing on the sale and production of Oil in the USA. 

On November 6, 2012, Donald Trump tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

On October 19, 2015, he then tweeted: “It’s really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”

( Quote: Cbnnews.com) 

With climate change, like so many other things, the world is going one way and Donald Trump is going the other. 
I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m a lover of all things wild life, all creatures great and small , protecting , preventing and conserving the animals on our planet for future generations to enjoy. 
Last week I made the 4,228 mile journey to Nairobi, Kenya. I was only here for 48 hours but knew it would be a spectacular visit. 

When we arrived in Kenya we decided to visit an elephant orphanage. Id heard about it through colleagues and was already overly excited about the prospect of seeing dumbo in real life. ( dumbo is still one of my favourite films at 32 years of age)
We drove in a jeep through the streets of Kenya anxious about our visit and arrived at the David Sheldrick elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in Nairobi about 20 minutes later. Here the Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. 

You can watch the elephants feeding, playing and doing all the elephant like things they do. 

( Image: April Harvey) 

When you arrive, you wait for the elephants to come to the watering hole where they drink the milk that is used to help them grow. The elephants run down the hill, ears and trunks flapping in the wind to get to the milk bottles waiting for them. Baby elephants are clumsy, they fall over, fight with each other and sometimes run directly at you, probably because an elephants vision isn’t great. The poor eyesight is more than compensated by excellent hearing, sense of smell and tactile sense though. 
( Image: April Harvey) 

If your lucky you can spend and hour watching them have mud baths while the rangers will answer your questions about the heard. If like me, you couldn’t take your eyes off the smallest of the heard watching her try to drink water but not quiet get it right then maybe that will answer why I get so god damn upset all the time! 

​The centre do beautiful job rehabilitating them back into a more natural habitat after they are fit, strong and less clumsy! However the sad reality of it is that all of these elephants have been rescued from either poachers, injury or starvation due to their parent being killed again by poachers. 

How can you help? 
The David Sheldrick centre opens to the public for one hour every day, excluding 25th December, from 11am to Noon. Entrance to the orphanage for the visiting hour requires minimum contribution of $7 US dollars / 500 Kenya shillings per person. The opportunity to foster orphans during your visit is also available. 
After our emotional visit to see baby elephants we stopped at the beautiful Giraffe Manor, this is a must if your in Nairobi. 
The manor a small hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya which, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, serves as a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes, it operates a breeding programme to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to secure the future of the subspecies.(Image: April Harvey) 

Here are some facts that I learnt on my day at the Giraffe centre. 

* Because of their unusual shape, giraffes have a highly-specialized cardiovascular system that starts with an enormous heart. It’s two feet long and weighs up to 25 pounds. 

* Although giraffes are very tall, they don’t sleep much. Most of them get around 10 minutes to two hours of sleep per day.

* Giraffes have a terrible memory, just terrible. 

* Giraffes also have 6 stomachs 

* Nassa took inspiration off giraffes with the significant issues is the weakening of leg veins whilst in space. Since the blood flows differently in space, the circulatory system of the legs doesn’t have to put in so much work in order to pump the blood back up. The veins get lazy, thin, and weak, which can pose serious problems when returning to Earth.  Giraffes have provided a solution to this problem. Baby giraffes learn how to stand almost immediately upon birth, thanks to their rapidly inflating leg veins. When NASA observed this, they were able to create a solution to the problem. 
* a giraffes saliva is antiseptic, so you can kiss them as much as you like! 

These are just two of the reasons why the planet needs your help on earth day, not just on this one day but every day. 
Species are going extinct at a faster rate then ever before, we have entered a mass extinction brought on by global human activity and we need to help Mother Nature protect hundreds of species while we still can. 

The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. seeking to increase knowledge amongst voters and work for climate laws and policies that will promote green technology, jobs, and environmental protection. 

Happy reading and happy earth day 

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