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Giraffe Adoption is a fun learning experience

Giraffe Adoption has been a fun learning experience in a very personal way. Hunted for their meat, coat and tails, adopt a giraffe to and make a difference.

Giraffes are my favorite animal and are the world's tallest mammals known for their long necks, long legs, and amazingly spotted patterns. Their long necks help giraffes eat leaves from tall trees, typically acacia trees. If they need to, giraffes can go for several days without water. Instead of drinking, giraffes stay hydrated by the moisture from leaves.

Female giraffes typically give birth to one calf after a fifteen-month gestation period. During the first week of its life, the mother carefully guards her calf. Young giraffes are very vulnerable and cannot defend themselves. While mothers feed, the young are kept in small nursery groups.

Giraffes are extraordinary, completely unique animals. Their giant size helps them feed, giraffes have evolved to exploit the leaves on tree-tops, out of reach to smaller animals. Giraffes might seem fragile, with spindly legs, but they are actually extremely strong and fast. A well-placed kick could shatter the skull of a predatory lion, while a running giraffe can reach speeds of more than 50km per hour.

Giraffes are under threat, both in captivity where they are exploited in zoos and circuses, and in the wild. Wild giraffes have been extensively 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.

There are several organizations that offer giraffe adoptions. When choosing one, there are several factors to consider. Although you can adopt a giraffe anywhere, adopting one at a local zoo that you can visit might be a good idea. Another consideration is the way that the particular organization will use the support a specific animal or to contribute to conservation and study of giraffes in the wild.

Below is a list of some giraffe adoption programs that are available. We offer these for information only. You can find others by doing a search in your favorite search engine for giraffe adoption. You should always check out an organization thoroughly before making a contribution.
Some Giraffe Adoption Programs to get you started:

World Animal Foundation
African Wildlife Adoption Center
World Wildlife Fund
The San Diego Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo

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