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Jolene is the author of 33 books. Her books have been translated into a number of foreign languages, including Chinese, Hindi, and Bahasa Indonesian. She writes for adults, young adults, and children.

 

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Kissed by a Giraffe


My husband grew up in East Africa, and our family visited Tanzania and Kenya a number of years ago to see his childhood home.


We splurged and stayed one evening at the Giraffe Manor near Nairobi, Kenya. The manor has six bedrooms, six giraffes (that roam the grounds), a bunch of warthogs, and 140 acres of indigenous forest. The giraffes walk up to the manor, stick their heads into the open doors and windows, and you can feed—and kiss them.


Getting kissed by a giraffe is a wet, sticky experience. Giraffes have 20-inch tongues that are bluish-black, and when they kiss, they drool three-foot streams of spit.


Even though I needed to hose myself down after the experience, I’d kiss a giraffe again and relish the sight of the giraffes galloping across the yard while the sun sets in East Africa.

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