It's feeding time at Haller Park. Dodging curious, blue tongues and long, swaying necks becomes a dance in the afternoon heat. The students erupt with laughter as their classmates try to wipe the giraffe drool from their hands. Vervet monkeys scatter, stealing little nibbles of fallen pellets they have scavenged from the ground.
In the 1970's, the Bamburi Cement Company performed what sounds like an unlikely and nearly impossible feat - turning what used to be an abandoned quarry into a lush park in the bustling city of Mombasa. During my visit, I came across a variety of animals including eland, oryx, hippos, one very large tortoise, and many, many vervets. You'll find a quiet moment and forget you're in the city... until the distant sounds of honking tuk-tuks and motorbikes brings you back to reality.