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  1. 2. Predators <ul><li>Lion- ½ of young giraffes killed are by lions or hyenas </li></ul><ul><li>Nile crocodile- Growing ten feet or longer, this stealthy reptile ambushes large animals when they settle down to drink. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 25 to 50% of giraffe calves reach adulthood </li></ul><ul><li>Humans- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Giraffes are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The coat is used for shield coverings. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Habitat destruction and fragmentation are also threats to giraffe populations. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Defense <ul><li>Runs fast </li></ul><ul><li>Kick </li></ul><ul><li>A kick canbshatter a lion's skull or break its spine. </li></ul><ul><li>Sleeps only 1 to 2 hours in a 24 hour period </li></ul><ul><li>Myth- that giraffes cannot lie down and that if they do so, they will die. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Life span <ul><li>Longest known lifespan in wild 25 years </li></ul><ul><li>Longest known lifespan in captivity 27 years </li></ul><ul><li>Expected lifespan in wild 10 to 15 years </li></ul><ul><li>Expected lifespan in captivity 20 to 25 years ; avg. 25 years </li></ul>
  4. 5. Status and Population <ul><li>Valnerable Giraffe tails are highly prized by many African cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>Stable population </li></ul>
  5. 6. Human encounters <ul><li>The Good </li></ul><ul><li>In Niger, conservation of giraffes has been made a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Zoos </li></ul><ul><li>Wild Life Preserves </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting Laws </li></ul><ul><li>Harsher punishment for poachers </li></ul><ul><li>The Bad </li></ul><ul><li>hunted and poached for their skin, meat, and tail. </li></ul><ul><li>The thick skin has been made into buckets, reins, whips, straps for harnesses, and sometime for musical instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat destruction </li></ul><ul><li>Populations drastically fallen in west Africa. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Random Fact <ul><li>Some giraffes can lose the bottom part of their tail to cysts resulting from tick bites   </li></ul><ul><li>Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes , by Lynn Sherr; Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997. </li></ul><ul><li>Animals flock to them for protection </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can see if a predator is coming </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Resources http:// nationalzoo . si . edu /Animals/ AfricanSavanna /fact-giraffe. cfm http://www. oaklandzoo .org/ atoz / azgiraf .html http://www.nature-wildlife.com/ girtxt . htm http://www. kidsplanet .org/ factsheets /giraffe.html

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