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Kruger N.P.

Kruger N.P.

ruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It is roughly the same size and shape as Israel or Wales. It covers about 20,000 square kilometres and extends 350 km from north to south and 60 km from east to west. To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Moçambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the “Biosphere”). Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights – this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks – Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.


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There are five major things to see in Kruger N.P. :

The Big Five

Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.

The Little Five

Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.

Birding Big Six

Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork.

Five Trees

Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.

Five Natural/Cultural Features

Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Maserini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, Thulamela



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Play our video of our game drive trough kruger N.P. : Kruger N.P.

Big Foot


An undated handout picture released by the Malaysia Nature Society, taken in a swamp near the southern town of Kota Tinggi, shows what it claims as the footprint of a bigfoot. Malaysia plans to send two teams of scientists to scour its southern rainforests and track down a huge ape said to have been spotted there, a government official said Friday. REUTERS/Malaysia Nature Society/Handout.

Malaysia scientists to hunt ‘bigfoot’ in rainforest

UALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia plans to send two teams of scientists to scour its southern rainforests and track down a huge ape said to have been spotted there, a government official said on Friday. “Bigfoot” fever has dominated Malaysian newspaper headlines for several weeks now, with several dramatic sightings of a hairy, gorilla-like creature reported in the thick forest in the southern state of Johor. One local man said he saw a 10-foot (three metre) tall ape standing on two legs beside a river, according to one report. “Yes, the state government has decided to send teams of scientists to try and track it,” said a state official who declined to be named. But he gave no further details. The country is home to the orang-utan, a large red-haired ape that can grow the size of a small man, but they are not found in peninsular Malaysia — although monkeys and gibbons are common.

ational news agency Bernama has said the Johor state government intends to set up two expedition teams, one to explore the forests and a second to try and study the animal itself. “We hope the expedition will be able to prove its existence,” the agency quoted Chief Minister Abdul Ghani Othman as saying. Bigfoot sightings across the world have featured mysterious and reclusive animals such as the north American sasquatch or the Himalayan yeti, whose existence has never been proved, but the Malaysian sightings are worth investigating, an environmentalist said. “The national park is as big as Singapore island,” said Vicent Chow, who works in the area and has often lobbied the state government to investigate past sightings. “It’s quite possible there is something there.” The Endau-Rompin national park, where the sightings were reported, sprawls over an area of about 49,000 hectares (490 square km). “Natives who live in the jungle have seen it for generations and their legends call it the ‘snaggle-toothed ghost’,” said Chow. “Now we need forays by scientists to find it.”

New Earth-like planet

OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb exoplanet
Discovery of new planet similar to Earth

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n international team of astronomers has discovered a planet more similar to Earth than any found to date. This groundbreaking discovery of a new extra solar planet, or exoplanet has been made by scientists searching for Earth-like planets capable of supporting life. The first details of this discovery are made in today’s edition of Nature. Altogether 160 exoplanets have been found since the first was discovered in 1995, but all of them have been very different to those found in our solar system. This new planet, which is only about 5-times as massive as the Earth, is the smallest exoplanet ever found orbiting a star. Designated OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, the exoplanet is around 25.000 light years away from the Earth, close to the centre of our own galaxy the Milky Way.

t has an orbital period of 10 years and is about three times as far from its parent star as the Earth is from our Sun. The new planet was found using the ‘microlensing’ technique, described by the leader of the RoboNet microlensing planet search, Prof. Keith Horne of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as the “fastest way to find small cool planets down to the mass of the Earth…”. If we can deploy robotic telescopes at additional sites in the southern hemisphere we can expect to find several more cool planets every year, which could include the first detection of extra-solar Earths” comments Malcolm Fridlund, study scientist for ESA’s Darwin mission.

his is a very important discovery” says Malcolm Fridlund, study scientist for ESA’s Darwin mission. “It is the first planet which is likely to be ‘rocky’ i.e. similar to the composition of the Earth, Venus and Mars, as opposed to gas giants of the Jupiter type. Planets of the terrestrial type are of course the ‘holy grail’ for those who search for life in the Universe.” “ESA is also involved in the Corot mission to be launched later this year, which will search for planets occulting their parental stars. A planet like OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb found closer to its star would be easy for Corot to pick up and this discovery makes it even more probable. For ESA it also implies that “missions like Darwin will be more likely to succeed in its quest to study true Earth-like planets in detail” explains Fridlund.

SA’s Darwin is intended to search for Earth-like planet, the most likely places for life to develop. Darwin will survey 1000 of the closest stars, looking for small, rocky planets. Darwin will be a flotilla of four free-flying spacecraft that will search for such Earth-like planets around other stars and analyse their atmospheres for the chemical signature of life. Corot, due for launch at the end of this year, will be the first mission capable of detecting rocky planets, several times larger than Earth, around nearby stars (planets outside our Solar System are referred to as ‘exoplanets’). Corot is led by the French space agency CNES. ESA joined the mission in October 2000 by agreeing to provide the optics for the telescope and to test the payload. As a result of the collaboration, scientists from ESA’s Member States will be given access to the satellite’s data. The new planet OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, which is only about 5-times as massive as the Earth, is the smallest exoplanet ever found orbiting a star. Designated OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, the exoplanet is around 25.000 light years away from the Earth, close to the centre of our own galaxy the Milky Way. It has an orbital period of 10 years and is about three times as far from its parent star as the Earth is from our Sun.

Source & Credits: ESA

Play the video of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb exoplanet of the discovery of new planet similar to Earthflight from Cusco to La paz

Lazy Lions

Waiting

For when you are waiting, just waiting for something to happen ….. 

All good things come to those that wait 
Zero is sometimes better than nothing
Time is a cure 
Give space to time, and time will fill space
One day I will wake up, and it will all fit together 
Time will tell
This is a process of eliminating options 
The waiting is the hardest part 
Waiting always lasts long
Some day my ship will come in 
No news is good news

 

(The Book of Clichés; 1996) 

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