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Stuffed African giraffe makes road trip to Tucson

PHOENIX -- A 14-foot giraffe that was shot and killed in South Africa three years ago now has a permanent home in Tucson.

The stuffed giraffe now sits in the main room at the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson. It arrived Tuesday after a 900-mile road trip from Sacramento, where it was taxidermied and prepared for the trip.

Museum director Richard White said he was thrilled when the hunter's father offered to donate the animal.

"We certainly were interested in it and finally once the taxidermy work was done, it was delivered to us."

The taxidermy work took about three years to complete. The giraffe now joins a female giraffe already on display.

"We have built a pathway under so kids can walk under the giraffe", said White.

A 19-year-old woman reportedly shot and killed the animal during a family hunting trip. Giraffes can be legally hunted in Africa, even though it's pricey. After spending at least $7,000 to preserve it before shipping it to the U.S., the animal made it to the taxidermist in Sacramento.

The total cost of the gifted giraffe is approximately $30,000.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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