Jock-the-giraffe was named after Jock Leslie-Melville who purchased the manor house in the 1970s. He lived to be 22 years old, 19 feet tall and was responsible for fathering over twenty calves, most of which have now been successfully released into Kenya’s national parks. Sadly, he passed away in July 2009.
This lovely south-facing room is still frequented by giraffes looking for treats in the early morning hours. There are pellets in the room from which the giraffes can be fed, just like the Leslie-Melville’s once did with the very first giraffes they raised at the manor. From Jock’s room, you can also see the Giraffe Center, headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). Jock founded AFEW shortly after moving to the manor and learning about the perilous plight of Rothschild’s giraffes.
Jock’s room is approximately 28 square-metres in size and can accommodate either a couple or two singles (as a double or a twin). It has a fireplace for cosy Nairobi nights and both a bathtub and shower, as well as twin sinks, in the adjoining en-suite.