Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cheetah Pictures









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African Wild Dog Facts


Alternative Name: Cape Hunting Dog

Latin Name: Lycaon pictus

Status: Endangered.

Lifespan: 12 years.

Weight: Both male and female 20kg to 25kg.

Habitat:
Wild dogs take preference to areas with few trees and short grass. They are found in savannah, woodland and grassland biomes, as well as hilly areas.

Diet and feeding:
Prey species include medium to small sized antelope such as waterbuck, impala, springbok and duiker as well as wildebeest and warthog.

Of all the large land predators, the wild dog is the most successful hunter with an average of 80% of its attempted hunts resulting in kills. Wild dogs hunt very efficiently as a pack and rely more on stamina than they do on strength and speed.

Once the prey has been targeted, the dogs then take turns in chasing after the animal at a fairly constant speed of 60 km/hour. The running prey is often forced into the direction of other members of the wild dog pack, who wait ahead to have their turn in chasing after the prey.

The hunted animal, exhausted from all the running slows down or stops, giving the wild dogs the opportunity to grab hold of it with their powerful jaws which they then use to tear off chunks of flesh resulting in the prey dying from loss of blood and shock.

Reproduction:
After a successful copulation the female has a two-and-half-month gestation period. The pups are born underground, usually in old abandoned aardvark burrows. The average litter size varies from 7 to 10 young, with as many as 20. The large litter sizes may be as a result of the very high mortality rate of wild dog pups due to various diseases contracted by domestic dogs and predation by lion, hyena and leopard.

The young suckle for roughly three months but are capable of feeding on meat at 2 to 3 weeks of age. After a successful hunt, the adults then return to the den to feed the young by regurgitating the meat.

Other interesting facts:

Wild dogs have very large home ranges, ranging from 200 square kilometres to over 1000 square kilometres.
Their home rangers may extend into farm areas where they are seen as a threat to life-stock and are often destroyed for this reason.

Wild dogs are highly endangered and many attempts in breeding projects have been unsuccessful with most puppies dying in captivity.

A sad fact is that at a certain stage in time, wild dogs were seen as brutal animals in the way that they hunted and how could such a cruel animal be left to live?, resulting in may of them being destroyed.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Baboon Facts


Chacma baboon

Latin Name: Papio cynocephalus ursinus

Lifespan: Both males and females live up to 18 years.

Weight: Males 32kg, females 15kg.

Habitat:
Chacma Baboons are found throughout southern Africa, except in the very arid regions.

Diet and Feeding:
Baboons are omnivorous feeding on a variety of fruits, leaves, grasses, roots, tubers, tree gum, insects, spiders and scorpions. They will also hunt prey such as reptiles, birds and other mammals.

During the Impala (Aepyceros melampus) lambing season, Chacma baboons have been known to run in and snatch the new-born lambs to feed off them.

Reproduction:
Just below the tail, on the rump area are horny epidermal callosities. With females in oestrus, the callosities swell up substantially and serve as clear signal to the males of their breeding condition.

The dominant males herd and mate with the females in oestrus. The Alpha male does most of the mating.

Young males that have no dominant ranking within the troop have no mating rights. Mature females in most cases won’t give them the opportunity to mate unless the social bond between two is very strong. This type of mating is not tolerated by the dominant males and could prove very dangerous for the young male if caught in the act.

After a successful copulation from one male or a number of different males, the female then goes through a 6 month gestation period and gives birth to a single offspring. Females can give birth at any time of the year.

Youngsters are totally weaned from 6 to 8 months and share a very strong bond with their mothers. In the fist few weeks after birth the mother carries her baby in her hands and arms and as the baby grows it then holds onto its mother by the hair and hangs under her belly while walking. As the youngsters legs get stronger, it then moves onto the mothers back, using her raised tail as a back-rest.

Interesting Facts on the Chacma Baboon:

The canines of a mature Chacma baboon are longer than those of the lion.

Leopard will often hunt baboons, but young and inexperienced leopard can be killed by baboons when mobbed and bitten from different directions by a number of large dominant male baboons.

Young Vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) and baboons will on occasion play together, but as adults baboons will hunt Vervet monkeys.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Male Lion Pictures







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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Chuncheon Myeongdong Winter Sonata Korea Drama

Chuncheon (Chuncheon-si 춘천시) is the capital of Gangwon Province, South Korea. The city lies in the northeast of the country, located in a basin formed by the Soyang River and Han River. There are some large lakes around the city, most notably Lake Soyang and Lake Uiam. The area is renowned for its small river islands, such as Sangjungdo, Ha-Jungdo, Bungeo Island, or Wido.

The city is now a popular destination for East Asian tourists as it was featured in the popular Korean drama serial, Winter Sonata.

Winter Sonata is a romantic and popular korean drama series starring Bae Wong Joon and Choi Ji Woo.

There are so many places and sites used for casting Winter Sonata. Some of the famous places such as Myeongdong Street in Chuncheon, Namiseom Island,

Namiseom Island Winter Sonata

Winter Sonata scene in Nami Island , Chuncheon

Chuncheon Winter Sonata

Chuncheon Winter Sonata



This is the Myeongdong street in Chuncheon. However it was not as happening as the Myeongdong in Seoul. But it was famous for being the filming sight of "Winter Sonata". As I did not watch the Korean drama, I was told by my friend that Chuncheon Myeongdong was the place where the lead actor and actress were supposed to meet. Unfortunately, the actor met with an accident on the way and was not able to turn out for the appointment. I guess that was the point when the sad story started.

Chuncheon Myeongdong Winter Sonata

Chuncheon Myeongdong Winter Sonata


The two palm prints belong to the lead actor and actress of Winter Sonata. Chuncheon Myeongdong is located at the heart of Chuncheon city and it is just beside the City Hall of Chuncheon. We arrived at the place after taking a 10 minutes taxi ride from Namchuncheon station.

Chuncheon Myeongdong Winter Sonata

Chuncheon Myeongdong Winter Sonata


Watch Winter Sonata drama tour (Nami Island and Chuncheon) video here

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

KULTURANG MARINDUQUE TULOY ANG PAGYABONG

Ipinaabot ni Atty. Lord Allan Velasco, provincial administrator at chairman ng Provincial Tourism Council na patuloy magsasagawa ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque ng mga hakbangin patungo sa pagyabong ng mga kagalingang pangkultura katulad ng isinagawang "Hapit-Himigan" choral competition sa Boac noong nakaraang Biyernes.

Sa kanyang talumpati sa nasabing okasyon, idiniin ni Velasco na tungkulin ng mga mamamayan na sumali o makisangkot sa pagbubuo at pagsusuri sa mga gawaing may kinalaman sa pagsulong ng ating sariling kultura, tradisyon at mga likha. Higit aniya itong binibigyan ng kahalagahan sa kasalukuyang panahon.

Buhay, aniya ang kultura sapagkat ito'y salamin ng mga paniniwala, kabutihang asal at mga panaginip, at isa itong lakas na kaagapay tungo sa pag-unlad ng lipunang tulad ng sa Marinduque. Binanggit ni Velasco na ang pagbibigay ng pagtutok sa kulturang Marinduqueno bilang bahagi ng pangkultura at pangturismong tulak ay magkakasama nang isinasagawa ng kapitolyo kaagapay ang mga pamahalaang bayan.

Binanggit din ni Velasco na ang mga isinagawang pagdiriwang tulad ng “Labanan sa Pulang Lupa”, o, ang pagbibigay ng panibagong sigla sa “Moriones Festival” at gayundin sa ibat-ibang municipal festivals mula sa anim na bayan na, na aniya, ay matutunghayan sa selebrasyon ng “Araw ng Marinduque”, ang pagsasaentablado ng ating mga awit, sayaw at mga kuwento sa pamamagitan ng “Viva Marinduque” project ay bahagi ng simulaing ito.

Ang pagbibigay aniya ng prayoridad at pagkilala sa lalawigan ng Marinduque ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), para maisagawa ang ibat-ibang proyekto para isulong at mapalaganap nang ganap ang kultura at mga katutubong sining, ay isang matibay na indikasyon ng pag-usad ng lalawigan sa larangang ito.

Ang “HAPIT-HIMIGAN” ay hinirang ni Velasco bilang isang pagbubunyi sa pulong-lalawigan ng Marinduque sa pamamagitan ng awitin at nawa niya ay manatili ang ganitong gawain at "tuluyang makita ang kaganapan ng Kulturang Marinduque sa ating panahon!"

Itinampok sa choral competition bilang contest piece ang "Marinduque Akin Ka", titik at musika ni Eli Obligacion at inareglo para sa koro ni Norma Soldevilla. Sinalihan ito ng iba't-ibang choral groups mula sa bayan-bayan tulad ng Gasan IFI Vocal Ensemble ng Parish of St. Joseph, Reunited Choir of Boac North District, Live Echoes Choir ng St. Mary's College of Marinduque, Municipality of Mogpog Chorale at TORMEA Choir ng Torrijos. Nangasiwa sa competition si Gng. Fe Corazon Recalde ng ECCD. Naging mga hurado sina Gng. Norma Soldevilla ng Marinduque Midwest College, Dr. Roberto Montellano, Anacleto Mendoza, Dindo Asuncion at Eli Obligacion.

Ultimate Travel Guide 2009

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"VIVA MARINDUQUE!"

Earth spirit in "Bulong"


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Scene from "Bulong".


"BULONG" by Teatro Balangaw

The elemental spirits abduct Salve in "Bulong" a journey into Marinduque's folk history, beliefs and mysticism. Presented by Teatro Balangaw and directed by Eli J. Obligacion. Re-staged as part of "Ani ng Sining '09" sponsored by NCCA.

"VIVA MARINDUQUE" PICS

Curtain call for MSC's Sambayang Sining Lahi





MSC Sambayan's "Isang Buong Dayap"

Boghai DanceTroupe's "Sungkayaw"

Teatro Balangaw's "Moryonan"







Teatro Balangaw's "Bulong"







Some photos taken during the performances in Gasan Muinicipal Court Feb. 13.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Guilin Guangxi City Nightlife Bars Clubs

Guilin (桂林) is a city in China, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the west bank of the Li River. Its name means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. The city has long been renowned for its unique scenery.

Nightlife in Guilin is as attractive as its natural beauty. From modern nightclubs, romantic night cruise to folk customs center on the Li River, travelers can enjoy or relax themselves thoroughly.

Guilin Nightlife Shows and Attractions :
1. The Folkway Garden
2. Hoover Palace
3. The Li River Folk Custom Centrel
4. Magic night of Li River
5. Guishan Zhi Xiu (the Beauty of Guishan)
6. Huayuan Zhi Ye (Garden Night)
7. Haohua Zhi Ye (Luxury Night)


Guilin karaoke, bars, nightclub, KTV, Nightlife here:
1. Guilin Plaza Hotel Karaoke Bar
Location: No.20 Lijiang Road

2. Guilin Bravo Hotel Reed Flute Cowboy Bar
Location: No.14 Ronghu Nan Road
The decoration here is original-walls, floors, chairs and tables are all made of wood, adorned with ox skull, horns, etc. Travelers can relax drinking wine and playing darts.

3. Guilin Bravo Hotel VIP Nightclub
Location: No. 14 Ronghu Nan Road
Karaok, small dance floor, wines and snacks are provided here.

4. Mengbi Karaoke Nightclub
Location: Zhengyang Road
This club is very popular due to its good location, elegant surroundings, quality performance and management. To dance or to watch show, travelers can surely find something interesting!

5. Jiulong Nightclub
Location: Underground No.1 Building, Nanmenqiao
Professional discotheque, performance room, billiards, sauna, massage, etc, can cater to different demands.

6. Shi Guang Dao Liu (Somewhere in Time)
Location: Fl.8th and 9th, Bagui Building, Zhongshan Zhong Road

7. Weilong Nightclub
Location: Sanduo Road
The vehement atmosphere with the strong tempo will excite everyone deeply. For peace and relaxation, bars above provide Karaok and coffee.

8. Yixing Bar (Grotesque Bar)
Location: Renmin Road
Decorations and hangings here are all grotesque. Don't be frightened. A big surprise is waiting for you!

Guilin Central Square Area
Guilin Central Square Area with Pyramid in the middle

Guilin China View
Guilin beautiful scene

Guilin River Li
Guilin River Li

Guilin Twin Pagodas Fir Lake
Twin Pagodas at Fir Lake Guilin

Monday, February 16, 2009

'VIVA MARINDUQUE!" PERFORMANCES.


Ol' Tagalog beliefs, practices, folk stories and struggles are revisited in "BULONG". BULUSUKAN FALLS in Bagtingon, Marinduque's biggest natural habitat of butterflies has inspired a scene in the dance-drama.



Tonight "VIVA MARINDUQUE" (ANI NG SINING -09), performs in the town of Mogpog featuring the Marinduque State College's Sambayang Sining Lahi with a production of lesser known Marinduque folk songs and melodies set into dance such as "ISANG BUONG DAYAP", "LAHAT NG BAGAY", "SULONG AKING TANDANG", ALAMAT NG DALAWANG PUTING GANSA" and a new song-and-dance composition, "BILA-BILA" by Rex Asuncion. A dance troupe under the MSC Culture and Arts Department is also set to present "PATEADO" a local dance said to have come from Brgy. Balimbing in Boac.

Boghai Dance Troupe of Gasan will also present "SUNGKAYAW", "PAHASIK" and "BULINGAN" based on the original work of Randy Sales. Teatro Balangaw will present "MORYONAN", choreographed by Bhong Macunat and "BULONG", a dance drama on Marinduque's folk history and ancient beliefs directed by Eli J. Obligacion.
Performances in the municipalities of Buenavista and Torrijos will also feature a re-interpretation of "ALAMAT NG MARINDUQUE" by MSC-based Teatro Marinduqueno, and "KALUTANG", "HARANA" and a "PUTONG" re-invented.
Municipal governments in cooperation with cultural groups in the communities will also contribute production numbers.

THE 7:00PM PERFORMANCES ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS: FEB 13 (GASAN MUNICIPAL COURT), FEB. 17 (MOGPOG COVERED COURT), FEB. 21 (MSC, TANZA), FEB. 23 (BOAC COVERED COURT), FEB. 24 (BUENAVISTAN PARK), FEB. 25 (TORRIJOS COVERED COURT), FEB. 26 (STA. CRUZ PLAZA).

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has recognized the true worth of "VIVA MARINDUQUE" project initiated by the administration of Governor BONG CARRION as contributory to the development of Philippine culture and the arts, and has seen it fit, proper and convenient to adopt the same for its purposes.

Pursuant to RA 7356, NCCA is mandated to encourage the continuing and balanced development of a PLURALISTIC CULTURE by the peole, conserve and promote cultural heritage and ensure the widest dissemination of artistic and cultural products and preserve and integrate traditional culture and its various creative expressions as a dynamic part of the national cultural mainstream.


MARINDUQUE TOURISM


Sunday, February 15, 2009

COLORS OF MARINDUQUE


Marinduque's familiar sights and sounds...waiting for you now.

"MORIONES" GOES TO PANAGBENGA


The MORIONES Float design for this year's PANAGBENGA FLOWER FESTIVAL '09 in Baguio City. Conceptualized by PPDO's DING GO and graphic design executed by artist TON MONTEAGUDO. Marinduque contingent led by Provincial Administrator Allan Q. Velasco is participated in by some members of the traditional morion groups, Kapatiran and Mistah. Moriones presence in the Summer Capital is aimed to promote Marinduque as the Lenten Capital of the Philippines.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Playa Tortuga Bay - Islas Galápagos - Ecuador


Playa Tortuga Bay - Islas Galápagos - Ecuador
Esta playa es el lugar preferido de las tortugas marinas (de las cuales deriva el nombre), iguanas marinas, leones marinos, pelicanos, flamingos y gaviotas.

Las gaviotas suelen encontrarse a lo largo de la orilla.

Para llegar a esta playa tienes que caminar una hora, está pavimentada y debidamente señalizada.

En Tortuga Bay hay dos playas, la principal está llena de surfistas debido a sus grandes olas.

La otra es mas calmada, situada al Oeste.

Las playas están rodeadas de flores y plantas exóticas.

La Isla de Santa cruz, donde se encuentras estas paradisíacas playas también es conocida por sus famosos Túneles de Lava, conocidos también como tubos de lava.

Uno de ellos es el túnel del amor, tiene alrededor de 800 metros de largo y el nombre se debe a una figura de corazón que tiene en el techo.

Son túneles naturales y se formaron por flujos de lava emitidos por los volcanes hace miles de años.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


SA VIVA MARINDUQUE:
TROPANG MSC UMANI NG PAPURI

Umani ng matinding paghanga at papuri ang mga grupong pangkultura ng Marinduque State College sa kanilang ipinamalas na kakayahan sa entablado para sa “Viva Marinduque” project. Bilang pagpupugay sa magkakambal na selebrasyon ng “Araw ng Marinduque” at Philippine International Arts Festival, ang kontribusyon ng MSC sa naturang proyekto para sa pagpapalaganap ng kulturang Marinduque sa bansa ay inaasahang higit na makapagpapadali sa hangaring ito.

Sa pamamagitan ng mga nasaliksik na mga katutubong awiting naisagawa sa ilalim ng grupong Sambayang Sining Lahi ng kolehiyo, higit na nagkaroon ng pagkakataong maiangat ang kamalayan ng balana sa pagkakataong ito tungkol sa yaman ng panlalawigang kultura. Ang masusing pag-aaral at pagsasanay ng grupo ay nagbunga ng mga katutubong sayaw tulad ng “Isang Buong Dayap”, “Lahat ng Bagay”, ”Sulong Aking Tandang”, “Alamat ng Dalawang Puting Gansa” at “Bila-Bila” na maitatala bilang karagdagang yamang-sining ng Marinduque.

Nasa likod ng tagumpay ng Sambayan si Prof. Rex Asuncion bilang tagapamahala ng isa sa apat na seksiyon sa ilalim ng MSC Culture & Arts Department na pinamamahalaan ni Prof. Rosalinda Castro. Ani Asuncion, ang mga sayaw na ito ay maihahanay sa klasipikasyon ng ‘extension dance’ dahilan sa pag-gamit ng mga ‘interpretative movements’ kayat hindi ganap na lumilihis sa elemento ng mga katutubong sayaw. Ipinaliwanag din ni Asuncion na sa kanyang pagsusuri ay higit na mapapahalagahan ng balana ang mga nalimot nang mga awit at musika kung lalapatan ito ng mga galaw na kahali-halina sa mga manonood.

Ayon naman kay Dr. Romulo H. Malvar, pangulo ng MSC patuloy ang pagsuporta ng kolehiyo sa mga layuning naaayon sa pagkiling nito sa mga gawaing nakakatulong sa tuloy-tuloy na paghahanda at pagpapalaganap ng kamalayang ‘global’ sa kanilang mga guro at mga mag-aaral.

Ang iba pang bahagi ng naunang nabanggit na pangkulturang departamento ng MSC ay kasalukuyan ding nakatutok sa pagsasanay sa pagtugtog-rondalla, pagsasanay sa sining ng teatro at mga tradisyonal na sayaw. Hinggil sa huli ay isang bersiyon ng “Pateado” ang kasama sa naipakitang MSC ‘showcase’.

Para sa Viva project ay nakahanda ring itanghal ng pang-kolehiyong “Teatro Marinduqueno” sa ilalim ng pangangasiwa ni Castro ang isang bersiyon ng “Alamat ng Marinduque” sa pangunguna ng mga artistang mag-aaral galing sa iba’t-ibang sangay nito.

Ang “Viva Marinduque (Ani ng Sining 2009)” project ay sinimulan noong nakaraang taon ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque sa ilalim ni Gobernador Jose Antonio N. Carrion bilang bahagi ng “Araw ng Marinduque”. Ang kahalagahan ng proyekto ay nahirang ng National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) na nakakatulong sa pagpapalaganap ng sining at kulturang Pilipino. Dahilan dito ay nagpasya ang naturang ahensya na karapat-dapat itong ampunin para sa mga layunin nito.

Nakahanda na ring suportahan ng sa ilalim ng programa ng nabanggit na ahensya ang morion mask-making sa pangunguna ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at pagpapalaganap sa pagtugtog ng kalutang sa ilalim ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Gasan.

Kasama sa pagtatanghal ng Viva ang “Moryonan” at “Bulong” ng Teatro Balangaw. “Sungkasayaw”, “Pahasik” at “Bulingan” ng Boghai Dance Troupe ng Bognuyan National High School “Kalutang” at isang panibagong bersiyon ng “Putong” na isasagawa rin ng Sambayang Sining Lahi.

Ang pagtatanghal ng Viva ay nakatakda sa mga sumusunod na petsa: Feb. 13 (Gasan Municipal Court), Feb. 17 (Mogpog Covered Court), Feb. 21 (MSC Tanza), Feb. 23 (Boac Covered Court), Feb. 24 (Buenavista Park), Feb. 25 (Torrijos Covered Court), Feb. 26 (Sta. Cruz Plaza). Bahagi ito ng layunin ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na “patibayin at suportahan ang pag-andar ng isang maliksing turismo at pagpapalaganap pang-ekonomiya at panlipunan dito sa Marinduque”, ani Carrion.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Memorable Bahamas Destination

Memorable Bahamas Destination
 perfect for honeymoon... and sacred moment for you

Nile Crocodile Facts

Latin name: Crocodylus nioloticus

Lifespan: 80 - 100 years, seldom more.

Length and weight:
Mature Nile crocodiles average 4 to 5 meters in length with exceptionally large specimens reaching 6 meters. Large adults can weigh over 1000 kg.

Habitat:
Crocodiles are found in most game reserves throughout Africa, taking preference to rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Diet and Feeding:
Their diet varies quite considerably depending on its age or size. Hatchlings prey mainly on insects, frogs, small fish and crabs. As they grow larger they then start preying off larger fish like catfish as well as birds.

Adults over 3 meters in length prey on birds, fish, various antelope species, monitor lizards, snakes, other predators including lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs as well as other crocodiles.

Crocodiles are opportunistic predators and help clean water sources by feeding off any carrion they may find.

Animals caught by crocodiles are normally dragged under water, causing suffocation. Larger prey species, too large to be dragged under water often die from a loss of blood and shock as a result of a number of different crocodiles gripping and tearing off flesh at the same time.
When feeding off large prey, the crocodile, using its powerful jaws and gripping teeth, thrashes the prey around until small enough pieces to swallow are torn off.

Crocodiles feeding on the same animal under water grab hold of the prey with a tight grip and then spin their bodies in order to break pieces of flesh off.

Reproduction:
Nile crocodiles are sexually mature at about 12 – 14 years. Fertilization is internal with mating taking place in the water.

When the female is ready to lay eggs, she then looks for a suitable nest site with sufficient cover.
A hole is excavated in a sand bank above the flood-line and after depositing a clutch of between 20 and 80 eggs she then fills the hole up with sand again.

The female is highly protective over her nest and defends the eggs from being eaten by predators such as monitor lizards, water mongoose, baboons and monkeys. During this period she does not eat but will on occasion drink water.

The eggs incubate for 3 months and on hatching the young make high-pitched cheeping sounds, which attracts the mothers’ attention to the nest.
The female then digs open the nest and using her jaws, she gently cracks open any unhatched eggs, once done she then carefully carries the hatchlings in her mouth to the river. The young crocodiles stay with their mother for about 2 months before leaving on their own.

Only 2% of crocodiles reach full maturity as a result of being preyed on by monitor lizards, water mongoose, catfish and birds of prey.

Black Rhino Facts

Alternative Name: Hook-lipped Rhinoceros

Latin Name: Diceros bicornis

Status: Endangered

Lifespan: 40 years

Weight:
Both male and female adults average from 800 to 850 kg, with large adults reaching up to 1000 kg.

Habitat:
Black Rhinoceros are found in dry arid areas as well as savannah and woodland areas with sufficient shrubs and trees to hide in, in the heat of the day.

Food:
Black rhino are browsers, feeding off a wide variety of shrubs and trees. Toxic plants such as the Tamboti Spirostachys africana with its high latex content are also eaten, having no harmful effects on the animal.

The black rhino has a very prehensile upper lip that is used to pull off leaves, shoots and thin branches while feeding.

Reproduction:
Breeding takes place at any time of the year. The female can conceive her first calf at 7 to 8 years of age. A bull will ascertain if a cow is in oestrus by taste-testing the females’ urine otherwise known as “flehmen”.
After a successful copulation, the female has a gestation period of 15 months and gives birth to a calf weighing in at about 40 kg.

The calf suckles off the mother for 12 – 13 months and is fully weaned at 14 months. When the cow is ready to give birth to her next calf, she then chases the older calf away to be on its own or temporarily join up with other adults or youngsters in the area. The calf is usually chased away at 2 to 4 years of age.

Notes:
Black Rhinos do not defend territories but do have home ranges in variable size that they scent-mark in. The bull scent-marks by either spraying urine onto vegetation or by defecating in certain spots called middens. Middens, which vary in number, are large collections of dung left by one bull or a number of different adults over a period of time. The bull after dropping his dung scrapes it into the ground with his hind legs and then spreads the dung further by dragging his feet as he walks away from the midden. Dung stuck under the bulls’ feet helps to further spread his scent as his walks through the area.
The purpose of a midden is to possibly convey information to other adults in the area by the different smells left in the midden.

The black rhinoceros has very weak eyesight but to compensate for that it has a very keen sense of smell and good hearing.

Of the two species of rhino found in Africa, the black rhino is the far more aggressive species. There are however fewer incidents of black rhino injuring or killing people, owing to its much lower population.

The white rhino having a higher population results in more frequent encounters with humans and although not considered as dangerous, accidents have been recorded.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Gwangju Korea Nightlife Tourist Attractions

Gwangju  or Kwangju ((광주, 光州) is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Gwangju is best known for the Gwangju Massacre of May 1980, in which at least 207 (the number is disputed) students were killed by army forces suppressing a pro-democracy demonstration.

In Korea, Gwangju is famous for its local cuisine as is the province of Jeolla.

For your information, Gwangju is the sister city of Medan city, Capital of North Sumatera Province, Indonesia.

Travellers coming to Gwangju can experience a slower paced experience than Seoul, whilst still getting the bali bali (hurry hurry) lifestyle of Korea. It's also a good hub for touring the surrounding province of South Jeolla.

Gwang Ju Attractions & Heritage :
1. 8 sights5 delicacies
2. Downtown Zone
3. Mt.Mudeung Zone
4. Gasa Culture Zone
5. May 18 Democratic Uprising
6. Jungoe Park Culture Belt
7. Traditional Culture Zone
8. Beyond Gwangju

Things To Do in Gwangju
1. The Gwangju World Cup Stadium
2. Gasa Literature Museum
3. Gwangju Lake
4. Gwangju Foreigners' Night
5. World Cup Stadium
6. Kimchi Festival
7. May 18 National Cemetery
8. Gwangju Folk Museum
9. May 18th Cemetry


Gwangju World Photonics Expo 2010

The Gwangju World Photonics Expo 2010 held in Sangmu Citizen’s Park in Geumnam-ro in Gwangju is the world’s most innovative light-themed festival.

The Expo’s slogan “Light, Opening the Future” is further subdivided into three major programs: light-themed exhibitions, industrial exhibitions/conference and the Light Festival. To add to the fun, visitors can experience the beauty and mystery of light firsthand by participating in variety of events located throughout the area’s 10 exhibition halls/pavilions. Although there’s plenty to see, the expo aims at providing visitors with a variety of hands-on experiences to encourage them to take a more active role in the festivities. In particular, the “Light Science Experience Pavilion” is the ideal place for students to come and explore the scientific principles of light.

* The Light Festival (from April 9~13, 2010 / 19:00~24:00)
- Opening Event: April 9, 2010 (18:30~22:00) / Minju Gwangjang (Democratic Square)
- Lighting on the streets of Gwangju / Gwangjucheon Stream, Geumnam-ro, Wedding Street, Chungjang-ro
- Light Show / Culture Complex Station
- Exterior Lighting Display – March of Light, Opera of Light / Gwangju Post Office


Gwangju Folk Museum
Gwangju Folk Museum. The 5.18 Cemetery is a powerful testament to the price of democracy and the horrors that happen under an extremist government.

Gwangju Nightlife
Gwangju Nightlife. So many neon ligths.

Gwangju Worldcup Stadium
Gwangju Worldcup Stadium

Gwangju City Street
Gwangju City Street.

Gwangju Downtown
Gwangju Downtown

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