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