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International Tiger Day

Hi everyone, hope your all okay. Today is International Tiger Day, it is an annual global celebration to raise awareness for tigers and is held annually on 29 July. It was first created back in 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tigers are beautiful creatures that should be able to live in their own habitat, free to wonder their land, without any worries, but that is not the case. They are becoming increasingly low in population and soon they will become extinct. Tigers are like us in many ways where they protect their family and their homes, it’s when it is being invaded by poachers that they get very territorial.

International Tiger Day is for us to remember our animal kingdom, to do something now to prevent these beautiful animals from dying out.

Facts About Tigers

Tigers are the largest cats on Earth. They can weigh up to 720 pounds (363 kg) and stretch 6 feet (2 meters) long. While not quite as tall as a male lion, a male tiger is heavier and longer.

A tiger’s upper canine is about 4 inches (10 cm) long, which is about the size of a man’s finger.

The earliest tiger fossils are 2 million years old.

The Latin name for the tiger is Panthera tigris. The word Panthera is from the Greek word meaning “hunter,” while tigris is an Old Persian word meaning “fast” or “arrow-like.”

A captive tiger can live up to 20 years. Wild tigers live between 10 and 15 years.

Because tigers usually attack their prey from the side or rear, some people living in rural India wear masks on the back of their heads.

Tigers don’t only have striped fur; they also have striped skin.

Tigers have been on earth for a long time. Scientists in China have discovered fossils of tigers that date back to 2 million years.

A tiger’s saliva is an antiseptic. It is useful for cleaning their wounds.

Sumatran Tiger

Over the last 150 years, the tigers’ range has shrunk by nearly 95%. There are estimated to be around 3,900 tigers left in the wild. 

Tigers were around about 2 million years ago

Tigers are called “hypercarnivores,” which means they live exclusively on meat. Tigers eat cows, bird, monkeys, lizards, crocodiles, and even small elephants. Their digestive systems simply cannot digest fruit, plants, or insects.

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest tiger. A male weighs about 265 pounds (120 kg), which is about the same as a female lion.

A group of tigers is called a streak or an ambush.

Tigers can run as fast as 35 mph, but only for short distances. Most of their prey can outrun them, especially deer and antelope.

A tiger’s tail helps it balance while its running. Its tail can be up to one-third of its body length.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies on earth.

South China Tiger

There are around 30 South China Tiger that’s left in the wild. Although there are still about 70 that’s still left in zoos and special breeding places around China. Experts predict that they may eventually die out because of inbreeding while under captivity.

A tiger’s claws can grow up to 4.7 inches (12 cm) long.

Less than 100 years ago, tigers roamed over much of Central, South, and Southeast Asia and were even found in Turkey. Now, they are found only in parts of South and Southeast Asia, and some pockets in Eastern Russia and China. 

The South China Tiger is considered to be the rarest tigers in the world

In 1960, over 4,000 South China tigers lived in China. Today, there are fewer than 20 left in the wild and just 60 in zoos.  They were hunted to near extinction because the government declared they were pests.

The South China tiger has the fewest stripes, while the Sumatran tiger has the most.

A tiger’s back legs are longer than its front legs, which makes it a running, jumping, and pouncing machine.

Female tigers give birth to 2-4 cubs at a time. They can do so every two years.

White Bengal Tiger

White tigers are born when two Bengal tigers carrying that specific gene breed together.

The white tiger has a light cream colour with grey and faint brown stripes. Its nose is pink.

Their eyes are usually blue but they can also be amber or green too.

White Bengal tigers are most likely extinct in the wild, but they still live in zoos. All captive white tigers can be traced to one wild white tiger named Mohan, who was captured in India in 1951.

A white tiger lives between 10 and 20 years.

Sadly, no white tigers are left in the wild. All the white tigers in the world are now in captivity.

The first recorded sight of a white tiger was in between 48-1000AD.

The white tiger is a rare type of Bengal tiger with a unique gene. This unique gene gives them the white colour.

Bengal Tiger

Bengal tigers are the least endangered of the tigers, with approximately 2,000 left in the world.

The average number of cubs born to get one healthy white tiger cub exhibitors want is 1 in 30. The other 29 cubs can typically be born deformed, or they’re considered the wrong colour and euthanized, or they die shortly after birth due to genetic defects.

The Bengal (or Indian) tiger is the best-known of all the tigers. Shere Khan in the movie The Jungle Book is a Bengal tiger.

The Bengal tiger, also known as the Royal Bengal tiger. They inhabit the forests and mangrove swamps of India, Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. They are excellent swimmers, tigers are probably the most water-loving of the felines. The Sumatran tiger has webbed feet, which makes it an especially skilled swimmer.

Just 100 years ago, over 40,000 Bengal tigers roamed India’s forests, but now there are less than 1,400. Poaching and loss of habitat are their primary threats.

A tiger’s night vision is 6 times better than a human.

Contrary to the belief, tigers do not attack humans if they can satisfy their hunger. Some of the man-eating tigers are either old or have no teeth to hunt.

A tiger spends about 18 hours a day sleeping.

Siberian Tiger

Siberian tigers, living in the wild, can survive around 15 years, They are the biggest of all the tigers.

The vocal repertoire of tigers is vast, they grunt, growl, roar, moan, snarl, chuff, hiss, and gasp. It’s thought that each vocalisation is used to communicate different things.

A Siberian tiger has almost 20,000 hairs per square inch, or about 3,000 hairs in a single sq. cm of skin.

The Siberian tiger has fewer stripes than the Bengal tiger, and its stripes are brown rather than black.

One hundred years ago, there were eight different subspecies of tiger. Today, three of those subspecies are extinct and others are dangerously close to being wiped off the earth forever.

Despite conservation efforts, the Siberian tiger could become extinct in the wild in the next ten years.

Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, are the world’s largest cats.

Tigers do not live in groups, except for the tigress with her cubs. They usually roam across vast areas, which are known as their “home ranges.” The size of their home range depends on the availability of food.

Malayan Tiger

Tigers cannot purr. When they are happy or feel safe, they squint or close their eyes.

The Malayan tiger is considered to be critically endangered as there are no more than 300 left in the world. These tigers are either poached by humans for their skin, teeth and more. Besides that, their tropical forest habitat is being lost to deforestation and land development.

Tigers have soft toe pads which help them walk silently through their habitat. A tiger will typically travel 6-12 miles during a night’s hunting.

The tiger is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh.

According to ancient Chinese belief, a tiger’s body parts have magical powers to cure disease. Tiger bones supposedly cure weakness; whiskers are used for toothaches; and tiger tails are used for skin diseases.  These long-held beliefs fuel catastrophic tiger poaching. 

There are almost as many tigers living in zoos and wildlife parks as there are in the wild.

Over the past one hundred years, over 95% of the tiger population has disappeared, leaving just 5,000 tigers in the world today. Their population is still decreasing due to poaching and habitat loss.

Indochinese Tiger

There are about 350 Indochinese tigers left in the world today. The low population is down to poaching and the loss of their habitat.

Black (melanistic) tigers do exist, though none live in captivity.

Scientists believe that the white spots behind the ears of a tiger help tiger cubs follow their mothers through the shady forest. The white spot is called an “ocelli.”

A tiger’s roar can be heard over 2 miles (3 km) through a forest.

The Bali tiger was purposely hunted to extinction in Bali because it was viewed as evil. The Javan tiger and Caspian tigers were also hunted to extinction.

Nearly 50% of tiger cubs die before they reach one year old, often because their mothers have been shot.

A tiger’s paw print is called a “pug mark.”

Domestic cats share about 95.6% of their DNA with tigers, from which they diverged on the evolutionary tree approximately 10.8 million years ago.

Tigers have the largest brain of any carnivore, except the polar bear.

Charities to Donate

if you are interested in helping these tigers and want to help keep them from extinction, here are some charities you can donate to.

WWF
WCS
Born Free
Rainforest Action Network
Fauna and Flora International

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your week.

David Spade Bio + Facts

Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying this blast of heatwave we are currently experiencing. For me, I would prefer there to be a breeze to go with it.

On Sunday I went to visit my daughter, as it was her birthday on Tuesday this week, but this birthday is a little bit more extra special for her as it’s her first one as a mum. Instead of just a day, she has what we call a birthday week, so enjoy the rest of your birthday week.

Today’s post is about David Spade turning 57 today…

Who Is the Real David Spade?

David Spade is a writer, actor and stand-up comedian, who started to become well-known and famous throughout the 90’s. It was whilst starring on the Saturday Night Live Show that got him the recognition that he needed and began his journey to success and stardom as well and becoming the person he is today. Spade started appearing in such films like Coneheads (1993), Tommy Boy (1995), Black Sheep (1996) and in an award-winning TV series Just Shoot Me (1997-2003).

The Early Years

Born David Wayne Spade on 22, July 1964 in Birmingham, Michigan US. His father Wayne M. Spade was a sales representative, and his mother Judith M. Spade worked as a magazine writer and editor, (she is known also by Judy Todd and Judith Meek). David has two older brothers Bryan a Film and Television Producer and Andrew a businessman and entrepreneur, who co-founded Kate Spade New York with his wife Kate Spade.

Education

David was only four when his family moved from Birmingham Michigan to Scottsdale in Arizona, where he attended Saguaro High School, before moving onto Scottsdale Community College, and then transferred to Arizona State University it is among the best University in the state, where he came away with a business degree in 1990.

Its Career Time!

Spade fought for the career he has today, he is not type to give up without a fight, and it is through his sheer determination and hard work that he got to have the career that he enjoys doing today, and it is still going strong, besides teaming up with Adam Sandler on quite a few movies, he does branch out and gets other roles to sink his teeth into like 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997),

Home Life

David has never been married to anyone. But after having a brief affair with Jillian Grace, he became a father for the first and last time, to a daughter, they named Harper. He never had a great role model in the father department, but has been there for his daughter and spends as much time with her as possible, and in turn is a great father…

Facts:

  • David and his two older brothers often took to the Arizona desert as kids to catch rattlesnakes (with tennis rackets!) to keep as pets.
  • Growing up, David wasn’t just a smart aleck, he was very smart in third grade, he got moved up to the fourth grade for some of his classes. He was a spelling bee champ, and read 47 books one year for a contest, and made it to the state chess finals, and was a member of Mensa.
  • David’s single mom couldn’t afford childcare, so she would sometimes drop her three sons off at one end of the desert, equipped with guns and bag lunches, for a day-long hike.
  • When David started out, his stand-up routine included props that he carried in his mother’s blue suitcase.
  • David’s father left his family when David was still was incredibly young. Years later, his stepfather, a war veteran, committed suicide.
  • Sister-in-law is handbag designer Kate Spade, who married his brother Andy, up to her passing in 2018.
David Spade, Sister-in-law Kate Spade and Brother Andy Spade
  • Spade attended Saguaro High School and later Scottsdale Community College, before transferring to Arizona State University where he graduated with a business degree in 1986.
  • He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
  • Spade has starred in numerous films with fellow actor, SNL castmate and best friend Adam Sandler.
  • Spade’s film career has been successful. He starred with fellow Saturday Night Live cast member and friend Chris Farley in two buddy comedy films, Tommy Boy, and Black Sheep. The two were planning a third film together when Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.
  • Spades best friends are Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and the late Chris Farley, they have known each other for years, since the days of Saturday Night Live, and from their they’re friendship just grew.
  • Spade made his very first trip to Europe with his Grown Up (2010) co-stars Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Kevin James. They went to England, Ireland, and Germany to promote the film before its European opening
David Spade and his daughter Harper
  • He and Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace have a daughter together. 12-year-old Harper, she is his only child. David and Jillian shares the responsibility of raising Harper, has they co-parent her, He is a hands-on dad, that loves nothing more than spending time with her. A total opposite to what his own father was like.
  • David was almost cast as Uncle Joey on Full House.
  • Spade’s personal assistant, Skippy, attempted to murder him one night. Real name David Malloy had attacked him with a stun gun on November 29, 2000, and then was robbed.
  • Worked as a busboy, valet-parking attendant, and skateboard-shop employee.
  • Although he received several offers to star in his own TV shows, he turned them down and joined the ensemble cast of Steven Levitan’s office sitcom Just Shoot Me! opposite Laura San Giacomo and George Segal, which ran for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003. He played a sarcastic receptionist, Dennis Finch.
  • Is extremely sensitive to sunlight.
  • Has German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Swiss-German ancestry.
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade.
  • David Spade, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider starred in “grown-ups, together playing five best friends, the movie simply mirrors their real-life friendship off screen.
  • Has Two Tattoos Done by Two Time Oscar Winner and Friend Sean Penn One being a Tribute to his Late Co-Star and Best Friend Chris Farley, the other one is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.
  • Spade has been friends with Ellen DeGeneres since the 80’s. They met when he was starting out on the comedy circuit, and she was well-known and successful by then. At their official meeting, when Ellen invited him to her home which he thought was a first date, but their mutual friend told him, that she was not his type, and have laughed about this over the years.
  • He could not handle the death of his good friend Chris Farley, so much so, that he couldn’t attend his funeral and see him lying there in a wooden box. He couldn’t handle it both emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  • Spade has appeared in around 40 movies with Adam Sandler.
  • He was catfished by a fake Victoria’s Secret model on Twitter.
Shares a birthday with Alex Trebek, Selena Gomez and John Leguizamo
  • Spade shares his birthday with these fellow celebrities John Leguizamo, Alex Trebek, Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover and Selena Gomez.
  • His idol when he was young was James Garner. Spade used to watch him on The Rockford Files (1974), before co-starring with Garner on 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002).
  • David spent his first $6,000 in cash from Police Academy 4 on a shoddy Honda Accord that was stolen an hour later. He later borrowed another 6k from Bobcat Goldthwait to buy another shoddy Honda Accord.
  • In December 2005, Spade donated $100,000 to the police department of Phoenix, which provided firearms for the officers. Spade also donated $200,000 for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, $100,000 toward the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014, and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018 after the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, a fashion designer.
  • On September 5, 2003, Spade received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Spade received an Emmy nomination and two Golden Glove nominations for his role as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy this beautiful weather we are having, but be extremely safe being out and about in it. See you all next week!

Best Places To Photograph Around The World

Hi everyone, today’s post is about the many spectacular places you can go and visit around the world, as well as take some stunning photographs along the way, while having an adventure of a lifetime, and seeing some terrific sights. There are so many beautiful places around the world that is waiting to be discovered and for you to capture on camera, but you must remember to take your camera, so that you can capture every second of every moment of your time seeing these wonderful sights as you won’t get that moment back again.

Photographers are lucky enough to travel all around the world, they have both the time and resources to travel to anyone of these places if not all. But even if you are not a frequent globe trotter and you want to discover some of the best places for you to go and visit, here is few to get you starter. Let your hair down and make new memories, with family, or friends.

If you got the chance to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  

Beautiful Places to Explore and Capture the Moment

Bora Bora (French Polynesia)

An aerial shot captures the breath-taking beauty of Bora Bora, making this a good place to not only take in the scenery but to also take some amazing photographs. It would be a shame not to add this island to a photographers dream places, with its striking rich sandy beaches and islands to discover. This beautiful place as more than 55 thousand visitors a year, that come to discover the wonders of the islands.

Bora Bora is in the French Polynesia, and is well-known for its volcanoes and turquoise lagoon, with its colourful coral reefs, and deep blue crystal waters, that is surrounded by islets, making this one the most photographed places in the world, both above and below the sea level. Why not try scuba diving and see the wonders of the ocean?

The Alps (Switzerland)

The Swiss Alps in Switzerland is a place of spectacular beauty, that encapsulates The Alps with its breath-taking scenery, it is just pure heaven capturing its very essence. Whether you decide to climb its 13,000 feet and walk across its peak or stop on the grassy hill a couple of miles away, you will still get a stunning mountain background, which will always give you one of the most iconic and worthwhile photographs.

Adventurers, artists, and photographers alike would especially love these views, but for different reasons, but they would all agree that it has the most breath-taking views around, which steals the show, whether it’s covered in snow or not it is still mesmerises you. Photographers would prefer to shoot from the top of Breithorn mountain for the best views of the Swiss Alps.

New York City (USA)

New York City is called the city that never for an incredibly good reason, because it does just that, as it doesn’t matter if it is morning, noon, or night, the city is always busy and full of life with the hustle and bustle that goes on, right into the early hours of the morning, along with the cities light which almost never goes out, it is such a stunning sight to see and creates a spectacular sight for the avid photographer who loves night-time photography.

New York City is such a beautiful place to visit, as there is so much to see and experience and photograph including its most famous landmarks the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, If you position your camera right, you can take a shot of New York City skyscrapers that will give you a stunning shot of the city producing some of the most amazing photo shots with spectacular views across the city. This is a city of many wonders.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu looks stunningly beautiful in every way, there’s no wonder it as 1.5 million visitors every year wanting to see its picturesque views. To photographers, it has all the elements of a good photograph, with its perfect views of the Andes along with the ancient Inca temples and ruins. For the best camera view would be an aerial shot as you get to see everything. Down at the foot of the Machu Picchu is the Aguas Calientes where you can also do some astrophotography and capture amazing shots of the Milky Way

This world-famous 15th-century landmark is situated nearly eight thousand feet above sea level, it is a great trip to go and visit when you are seeing the sights of Peru, you won’t be disappointed.

The Pantheon (Rome)

Rome is a place full of culture and history, and it is always a good idea to immerse yourself in it, you will want to go take photos, too. The outdoor shot of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy is a spectacular sight to see, with its famous architecture, and photogenic buildings. This is one of the remarkable places that you could ever go too, especially those for those of you who are budding photographers. There are many famous architectures to choose from, so have fun visiting them and getting to know their history. I thought that I would do the Pantheon, which is situated in the Piazza della Rotonda which features an Obelisco del Pantheon or known as the Fontana del Pantheon (Fountain in Rome)

You can take photographs of the inside of this old Roman building, and capture the domed ceiling, which lets light come beaming through, and it beautifully lights up at night. There are many sights to visit, so plan your visit and see some amazing sights, and have a fabulous time doing it.

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain, (China)

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain is a place of pure beauty, it is set in China a country with many of the world’s most amazing locations, many of which are unknown to people outside of China. This place was the inspiration for the movie Avatar in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which is one of the most beautiful places that China has to offer. I recommend taking your camera to take some spectacular photographs that will last a lifetime, and it has now become even easier than ever to take pictures with the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, which is the highest bridge to have a glass bottom. You can take a photograph looking down into the National Forest, but it is not for the faint hearted.

Faroe Islands

High up above the Faroe Island you can see for miles, it is a spectacular tourist destination, that’s full of beautiful greenery that is preserved and unspoilt. This island is a place of many wonders, the views and scenery are spectacular that drive in the tourists, with having a record of just over 89,000 in one year to its average of just under 44,000.

This cluster of islands is between Iceland and Norway which is packed with unique and authentic adventures, which is all set under one place. This is one of the most beautiful places to be in world, with its mountains that set the scene, to the green hills, and beautiful crystal-clear blue lagoons, or take why not take in the picturesque scenery on one of their hikes, that strewn across the island are quaint little towns. It is one for the memory book.

Banff, (Canada)

This beautiful picturesque Canadian beauty is home to Banff. It is a place for adventurous tourists and is a photographers dream picture with its amazing high peaks, where you can see for miles around. You can take a picture from about every angle, from the foot of the mountain to its highest peaks, you can take amazing camera shots, but don’t forget to take in the views as well, they are just breath-taking, and you would hate to miss a single minute of it.

This place is a hidden gem, that has been hidden away from the rest of the world, but it certainly has earned its title of being one of the world’s most beautiful and amazing places to visit. High up on the top pf the mountain, you can see the view of the glacial lake, called Lake Minnewanka and Bow River, they look spectacular especially in spring and summertime.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. I will see you all next week.

Travel Quotes to Inspire You

Good morning to all, Firstly I would like to wish a special little man in my life a happy six months old, which he turned yesterday.

Today’s post is about Travel Quotes, by now there’s probably a massive surge in travellers wanting to get away,. Even though some countries can, there are others that can’t at this very moment in time, I feel there pain deeply as it would be nice to go and visit so many places that’s kept you going these last sixteen months. I did these quotes to keep our spirits up as we will soon reach our destination. Enjoy!

39 Best Travel Quotes

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Saint Augustine

“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind”

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” Helen Keller

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

 “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” Lin Yutang

“Take only memories, leave only footprints” Chief Seattle

“I want to make memories all over the world”

“Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.” Simon Raven

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way”

 “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Andersen

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli

“It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.”

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.” Penelope Riley

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey” Babs Hoffman

“Fear is only temporary. Regrets last forever.”

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” John Steinbeck

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. David McCullough

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

“Travel has a way of stretching the mind.” Ralph Crawshaw

“Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.” Jamie Lyn Beatty

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” Anotole France

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets” Oscar Wilde

“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it.” Alexander Sattler

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

“There’s a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” Jo Walton

 “It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” Asian Proverb

“It’s a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it.”

“The only people who ever get any place interesting are the people who get lost.” Henry David Thoreau

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you back here next week!