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Help save Giraffes-Ban Hunting The giraffe is an unmistakable, truly fascinating animal unlike anything else. There are so many interesting facts about the giraffe. Unfortunately, this animal is often killed by poachers and their habitat is destroyed a lot. Historically, the animals have been slaughtered for meat, and their hides used for "boots, drums, buckets, and shields.... Leg tendons became thread and guitar strings; the bones, buttons; the bladder, a water bag. But the prize was the tail. Bracelets were made of the long hairs at the end, or the entire tuft was used as a flyswatter, a coveted symbol of authority that dates back to ancient Egypt. Today laws for hunting giraffes in Africa vary from country to country. Roughly 95,000 live in Africa, about 1,000 in zoos worldwide, and a handful of others in smaller facilities.Giraffes have even gone extinct in some countries, including Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Mozambique. Farmers also kill giraffes because they eat their crops. If people aren't careful, there will be no more giraffes in Africa. We need to protect these animals and their habitats.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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