What are the main predators of a giraffe?


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The main predators of the giraffe are humans, lions and crocodiles, explains the African Wildlife Foundation. Lions and crocodiles hunt the giraffe for food. However, humans hunt the giraffe not only for food but also for its hide, which is used to make jewelry.

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The giraffe is mainly found in Africa, and in many African cultures the tail of the giraffe is used to make good-luck bracelets. The tail may also be used to make thread, which is used for sewing and stringing beads. This means the giraffe is sometimes killed solely for its tail. The giraffe's survival is threatened not only by poachers, but also by the continued destruction of its habitats. Agricultural activities and the construction of buildings and roads has led to the cutting down of acacia trees, the leaves of which are the main diet of the giraffe. If left to grow and flourish in its natural habitat, a giraffe can live for up to 25 years. However, with the many threats they face, many giraffes do not live this long, as their lifespan is cut short due to predators. In 1999, there were approximately 190,000 giraffes in the world. The population has dwindled significantly and as of 2014, there are about 80,00 left in the world.

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