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The giraffes with the Arab keepers who brought them over to this country. Zoological Gardens, Regents Park. The men and the giraffes are all named beneath the drawing. The London Zoological Gardens acquired animals from all over the world. Despite being accompanied by specialist handlers on their long journeys to London, many animals died before they reached the city. Giraffes, in particular, frequently failed to survive the journey. However, these four giraffes, called Zaida, Marbrouck, Selim and Guib Allah, all survived the trip from their native Africa. Their keepers wear Arabic clothing, such as robes, slippers and fezzes. Two smoke long pipes and they all carry formidable looking swords. Left to right, the Arab keepers are called Cabas, Omar, Abdalah and M. Thibaut.
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