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This animal is a giraffe, but is called a cameleopard here. People used this name in the past because they thought the creature looked like both a camel and a leopard. Few people in Europe had ever seen giraffes when this picture was drawn. The etching was made by a popular wildlife artist called Samuel Howitt (1765–1822). If he had no live animal to draw from, he went to study stuffed animals in museums. Some he found in the British Museum.

Did you know?

The giraffe is the world’s tallest mammal and can reach a height of 5.5 metres.

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