I explained to St PeterI’d rather stay hereOutside the Pearly GatesI won’t be a nuisanceI won’t even barkI’ll be very patient and waitI’ll be here.chewing on a celestial boneNo matter how long you may beI’d miss you so muchif I went in aloneIT WOULDN’T BE HEAVEN FOR ME.
The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that almost dried up by the early Halocene. Although the Okavango Delta is widely believed to be the world’s largest inland delta, it is not. In Africa alone, there are two larger similar geological features —— the SUDD on the Nile in South Sudan, and the INNER NIGER DELTA in Mali.
The Okavango Delta is home to 71 fish species, including tiger fish, tilapia and various species of catfish. Fish sizes range from 1.4m (African sharp-tooth catfish) to 3.2cms (sickle barb). The same species are to be found in the Zambezi River, indicating a historical link between the two river systems.
Traditionally, the ONGOLE have been raised by local farmers, fed by both the Gundlakamma, one of the rivers that originate from the Nallamala Hills, and in the plains the Paleru River, a tributary of the Krishna River.
The Sunda Region (Sunda region refers to the islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali and the Malayan Peninsula) give the Sunda Clouded Leopard its name.
The ILI PIKA, also called , “adorable magic rabbit” is a species of mammal endemic to the Tian Shan Mountains of north-west Chinese province of Xinjiang.
It inhabits areas on high cliff faces. This species constructs “hay piles” and is a generalized herbivore. Almost nothing is known about the ecology or behaviour of the species. It exhibits low population densities. Only 1 or 2 litters are produced each year, but the litter size for this species is unknown.
Populations have declined in the regions of Jipuk, Tianger Apex and Telimani Daban. Only one examined site —- the Bayingou region showed signs of previously observed abundance. An estimated 2,000 mature individuals existed in the early 1990s. The exact causes for recently observed population declines are not known, but it is speculated that an increase in grazing pressure and global atmospheric pollution resulting in climate change are negatively impacting their population. There are no known conservation measures in place.
The ILI PIKA was first discovered, by accident, in 1983, and it has remained largely mysterious despite the efforts of naturalists ———- UNTIL NOW. The man who originally discovered the species —-decades ago ——— Weidong Li finally struck gold last summer, and now National Geographic has published a wonderful photo of the ILI PIKA. Li, a scientist at the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, led his team up a mountain and was confronted with exactly what he was looking for : the teddy-bear face of a curious ILI PIKA, peeking around a rock. “They found it hiding behind a rock, and they realised they had found the ILI PIKA,” Tatsuya Shin, a Chinese naturalist who works with Li, told National Geographic.
This adorable “magic rabbit” has a small furry body, mournful eyes and a rusty-red “splodge” on its forehead, but is not very “vocal”. It is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is even rarer than the Panda. The first time Li found the species, he managed to capture one and send it to a laboratory for identification —which was how he verified it as an entirely new species. 30 years later, a photo was enough to re-ignite his curiosity about the ILI PIKA.
The Tibetan Gazelle also called Goa is a species of antelope that inhabits the Tibetan Plateau.
The Eurasian Lynx is also known as the European Lynx, Common Lynx, the Northern Lynx and the Siberian or Russian Lynx.
AOSHIMA, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity, now, is the boat-load of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as “Cat Island”. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, AOSHIMA is no tourist haven. But ‘cat lovers’ are not complaining.
They are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. They are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repititions. When using a pack, they can carry about 25%-30% of their body weight for 5-8 miles.