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(TMZ) - Ciara's baby won't be born for another month ... but she's already taking steps to make sure the kid appreciates the world of animals ... so she dropped $20K on an animal-themed nursery, reports TMZ.

TMZ's baby spies say Ciara and her fiance Future dared to shop at pricey Petit Tresor in L.A. ... dropping $1,800 on an 8-foot stuffed giraffe.  They spent the balance on other stuffed animals, lion book ends and art work.

Ciara's been on a spending spree ... she was recently out shopping at another high end baby store with Kim Kardashian.

FYI - A REAL safari costs around $1,000 a day.

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