SPEAKER 1: For a
split second, it kind of looked like
this woman’s head had been eaten off by a giraffe. But then I looked
closer and realized that this is not a man-eater. The giraffe is actually eating
out the palm of her hand. It’s a scene that really messes
with your sense of scale, or, in the words of
the photographer– ROBIN MOORE: You
really appreciate the size of a giraffe’s head
when it’s in your cereal bowl. Hi, my name is Robin Moore. I’m a photographer and
a conservation biologist from Scotland, currently
based in Washington, DC. This photo was taken at a
place called Giraffe Manner. SPEAKER 1: Set on a
sprawling 150-acre estate, Giraffe Manner is a
free-roaming sanctuary for several endangered
Rothschild’s giraffes. ROBIN MOORE: Giraffe
Manner was built in 1932 and was modeled on the
Scottish hunting lodge. It wasn’t until
the 1970s, however, that the manner became involved
in giraffe conservation. SPEAKER 1: Located in the
suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, the sanctuary was
established in 1974. Today it’s still
run as a sanctuary with a successful
breeding program that supports Rothschild
giraffes in the wild. To help fund the project,
the sanctuary owners also run the hotel, where guests like
Robin can share a one-of-a-kind breakfast with
long-necked creatures. ROBIN MOORE: Having the
opportunity to get so up close and personal with these
animals is really amazing. The giraffes have such a
large, expressive eyes, and they’re such
soulful creatures. You really get a sense of
that when you’re up close. There are nine different
subspecies of giraffes, and the Rothschilds are
one of the most endangered, with only a few hundred
individuals left. We hear a lot about
elephants and rhinos being poached in
Africa, and rightly so. These incredible creatures
are being pushed out of existence for their
tusks and for their horns. But not many people realize
that giraffes are also highly endangered,
and their numbers have plummeted in recent years. I think these
incredible animals are due their share of the
attention and the conservation support that they need,
because it would be incredibly sad to leave it too late. SPEAKER 1: It was during
one of the manner’s legendary breakfasts
that Robin snapped this shot of a fellow guest. ROBIN MOORE: I tried to get this
moment where the giraffe was obscuring her head. It wasn’t really till after,
when I downloaded my photos, that I really
realized that I’d got the shot that I was hoping for. SPEAKER 1: And it’s
capturing moments like this that keeps robin
coming back year after year. ROBIN MOORE: To
actually travel to Kenya and to see giraffes
in their home is really an
indescribable experience. And for me, it really
got under my skin, and I would add this
to your bucket list right away, because waking
up to breakfast with giraffes has to be one of the most
incredible and unique experience that you can have. SPEAKER 1: Want to see another
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who captures these epic dog portraits. SPEAKER 2: To me, they
represent God’s greatest gift to humanity– a species
sagacious and noble, willing to do whatever
we ask for them and only asking for
some food and a pat on the head in return. SPEAKER 1: And, as always,
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