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.
Our 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.