Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Top 10 Amazing Animals Found Only In Africa

The African continent support a rich wildlife across its deserts, savannas, huge valleys and forests. Africa is home to the largest land animal (African elephant) and tallest animal (giraffe) in the world. But there are many other cool African animals you need to know about. Here the list of 10 amazing animals found only in Africa.

10.Greater Kudu

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Interesting Facts About Greater Kudu

  • Greater kudu is an amazing antelope that native to Eastern and Southern Africa. They inhabit in savannah woodlands and rocky hillsides.
  • Greater kudus are one of the longest-horned antelopes in the world. The impressively twisted horns only found in male kudus. Their horns can grow over a length of 1 meter with 2 and 1/2 twists. Male kudus use their long horns to defend against the predators.
  • The male greater kudus have a body length between 2-2.5 meters and weigh up to 315 kg. The female kudus are smaller than males. They measure 1.85-2.3 meters in length and up to 215 kg in weight.
  • Greater kudus have a brown-grey coat with 5-12 vertical white stripes. They also have distinctive white band between the eyes.
  • Greater kudus are social animals. The female kudos form groups that contain up to 25 members. The male kudos only join in the groups during mating season.
  • This larger species of antelope mainly feed on leaves, grasses, fruits and flowers. In the wild, greater kudus live up to 7 years and in captivity, they can live over 20 years.



Interesting Facts About Ostriches

  • The flightless ostriches are the largest and heaviest living birds in the world. They have a length between 2-2.7 meters and weigh up to 160 kg. Ostriches are found in savannas and desert lands of Central and Southern Africa.
  • Ostriches are also known as ‘camel birds’ because they can withstand high temperature and can live for a long period without water.
  • The soft and smooth feather of adult male ostriches come in black color and their tail is white. Unlike the male ostriches, the female have a greyish-brown feather. The neck of ostriches is long and bare.
  • With powerful long legs, ostriches can reach up to a maximum speed of 43 miles per hour. Each two-toed foot of ostriches has very sharp claws. Their legs are powerful enough to kill a human with a single kick. Ostriches used their legs as the main weapon to defend against the potential predators like lion, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas.
  • Ostriches live in small herds that contain 10-12 members.
  • At 15 cm in length, Ostriches lays the largest eggs in the world.
  • Ostriches are omnivorous and they feed on leaves, roots, seeds, lizards, insects and snakes. They also swallow pebbles and small stones to grind up the food in stomach.



Interesting Facts About Okapi

  • Okapi is the only remaining relative of giraffe in the world. They only found in rainforests of the Republic of Congo. The most prominent feature of okapis are the striped markings on their behinds that give them a zebra-like an appearance.
  • Okapi is one of the most endangered animals of Africa. The habitat loss and hunting are the main threats to this amazing species.
  • Okapis can reach up to 8 feet in length and weigh between 180-310 kg. As a member of giraffe family, okapis have long necks, not as long as giraffe’s. Thier coat is reddish-brown and has zebra-like stripes on hind limbs and front legs. It helps them to easily blend in dense forests. Okapis also have a very long tongue which can reach up to a length of 18 inches.
  • Okapis often travel 0.8-2.5 miles per day in searching for food. Their long tongue helps them to easily strips the leaves from buds from the plants.
  • Okapis have scent glands on each foot which produce a tar-like secretion. They used it to mark their territory and to communicate with each other while going for long distances in searching for food.



Interesting Facts About Galago

  • Galagos are also known as bushbabies, a small primate which has a length between 6-8 inches and weigh up to 10 oz. They live in bushlands and woodlands throughout East Africa.
  • The thick fur of galagos comes in brown or grey in color. They have very large ears which can be folded which give them an excellent sense of hearing. This nocturnal creature also has excellent night vision with large eyes.
  • The small galagos are remarkable jumpers as they have very strong hind legs. On a single leap, galagos can reach up to a height of 2.25 meters.
  • Unlike other primates, galagos have an additional tongue that hidden under the main tongue.
  • The nocturnal galagos spend most of the time on trees. The elastic joints on their legs let them to easily move between the branches.
  • Galagos mainly feed on tree gums, fruits and insects.



Interesting Facts About Shoebill

  • The shoebill is one of the most strange looking birds in the world. They are named after their enormous shoe-like bill which can grow up to a length of 9 inches. This amazing bird can be only found in the swamps and marshes of Eastern Africa.
  • Shoebills are one of the species that likely to become endangered in near future. Habitat loss and hunting are the main threat to the shoebills.
  • The large shoebills can reach up to 4 feet in length and weigh between 4-6 kg. They have bluish-grey plumage and broad wings. The large, strong brown bill of shoebills ends with nail-like hooks.
  • Shoebills are ambush predators which mean the remain motionless until the preys approach them. Then make the sudden attack on them using their powerful bill. The diet of shoebills mainly consists of lizards, turtles, water-snakes and rats.
  • The large shoebills possess a maximum flap rate of 150 flaps per minutes, one of the slowest among the species of birds.
  • One of the most solitary birds in the world. They come together only to breed.

5Mantled Guereza

10 Amazing Animals Found Only In Africa

Interesting Facts About Mantled Guereza

  • The mantled guereza is among the most attractive African monkeys. They have striking glossy, black and white fur and impressively long tail. Mantled guerezas also known as guereza or black and white colobus. They inhabit in deciduous and evergreen forests of West-central and East Africa.
  • Guereza is a large species of monkey that have length between 21.2-28 inches and weigh up to 13.5 kg.
  • Guerezas live in small groups that contain 3-15 monkeys.
  • These monkeys active during the day but spend the most time on trees. They also find time during day time to find food sources.
  • Guerezas produce different types of calls to communicate with each other.
  • The multi-chambered stomach of guerezas has specialized bacterias which help these monkeys to digest a large amount of food.
  • The diet of guerezas mainly consists of leaves, seeds, fruits and arthropods.

4.Grey Crowned Crane

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Interesting Facts About Grey Crowned Crane

  • Standing at a height of 1 meter and weigh over 4 kg, the grey crowned crane is a large bird that inhabit in savannahs, rivers and marshes of Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • The most prominent feature of this amazing African bird is its crest of golden feathers. The plumage of grey crowned crane is mainly grey with pale-grey neck and black and white wings. They also have attractive bright red pouch below their beak.
  • The courtship display by the grey-crowned cranes is one of the best among the species of birds. They dance, jump and produce interesting calls to attract the mate.
  • With 2-5 eggs per nest, the grey-crowned cranes produce largest average clutch than most of other birds in the crane family called gruidae.
  • Grey crowned crane is an omnivorous bird that feed on insects, lizards, grasses, seeds, fishes and amphibians.



Interesting Facts About Wildebeest

  • The bull-like looking wildebeests are actually belonged to the family of antelopes. There are two different species of antelopes in the world – black wildebeest and blue wildebeest. Both species of wildebeests are only found in Africa. They inhabit in open woodlands and green plains.
  • Wildebeest can reach 8 feet in length and weigh up to 275 kg. Both male and female wildebeests have horns. They live in large herds.
  • Between May and June, when food sources become scarce, the wildebeests migrate towards North. The migratory group consist of 1.2-1.5 million wildebeests. They are also accompanied by thousands of zebras and gazelles. It is the largest terrestrial mammal migration on Earth.
  • A wildebeest can cover over 30 miles in a single day. During migration, they travel between 600-1000 miles.
  • Wildebeests are grazers and they mainly feed on short grass. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs are main predators of wildebeests.


Interesting Facts About Mandrill

  • Mandrills are the largest species of monkeys in the world. They have a body length between 25-34 inches and weigh up to 38 kg. Mandrills live in rainforests and subtropical forests of Western-Central Africa.
  • Mandrills are definitely among the most colorful monkeys in the world. They have attractive dense, olive green fur and grey underparts. The attractive long nose of mandrills features a red stripe. They also have distinctive blue colored rumps. The male monkeys are larger and colorful than the females.
  • Mandrills are extremely social animal and they live in large groups that contain up to 200 members.
  • Apart from the coloration and size, the long canine teeth is the another great thing about mandrill monkeys. It grows up to a length of 2.5 inches. Mandrils use their huge canine teeth to threaten the predators.
  • Mandrills active during the daytime. They have cheek pouches to store the food they collect.
  • They are omnivorous and feed on fruits, seeds, insects, eggs and worms.


Interesting Facts About Lemur

  • Lemur is an amazing primate that found only the Island of Madagascar, in the East coast of Southern Africa. There are 30 different known species of lemurs in total and all are endemic to Madagascar.
  • The madame berthe’s mouse lemur which weigh only 30 g is the smallest primate in the world. The Indri or Babakoto is the largest living lemur which weigh up to 9.5 kg.
  • Most lemurs are arboreal, which means they spend most on time in dwelling on trees. The tail of most species of lemurs is also longer their body.
  • Lemurs are social animals and live in groups. Lemur use high pitched calls and scent markings to communicate with each other. They have an excellent sense of hearing and smell.
  • Lemurs are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are known for using tools and have ability to learn patterns.
  • The fossa is the only natural predator of lemur.
  • The diet of lemurs consists of fruits, nuts, leaves and flowers.

Monday, February 6, 2017

10 Incredible Natural Swimming Pools In The World

Of course, it is not hard to find a better swimming pool around your city. Today majority of hotels provide fascinating swimming pools for their customers. Still, swimming in a natural pools can be a different experience for you. It will make you more connected to the nature, offers you perfect relaxation. Here 10 incredible natural swimming pools around the world.

10.Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, North Central Laos

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Kuang Si falls is a series of beautiful falls and pools, located in the Luang Prabang city of Laos. It is probably the most beautiful tourist attraction in the Luang Prabang. Kunag Si falls is actually surrounded by lush tropical jungle. So apart from the breathtaking view of the falls, you can enjoy the pleasant mild weather. There are trails in the jungle that lead you to the falls.

Once you reached the falls, you can see spectacular cascades of water and several pools. Fortunately, a number of pools in this falls are perfect for swimming. For changing the cloths, you can find the wooden huts near the falls.
All season are perfect for experiencing the Kuang Si Falls. During the dry season, you can see beautiful turquoise and green colored water. The color is due to the mixing of minerals to the water.

During rainy season, you can expect strong currents at Kunag Si falls. So such condition can be inconvenient for swimming. Even though, you can enjoy in the spraying of water.

The waterfalls are not the only attraction in the Kuang Si Park. The jungle trekking is another popular tourist activity in this area. On the way to the Kuang Si falls you will also get a close view of traditional village life.

9 Grotta Della Poesia, Roca Vecchia, Italy


The Grotta della poesia is a spectacular limestone pool located on the Adriatic coast in Italy. This natural pool is also known as Cave of poetry. It is said to be a beautiful princess was used to bath in this natural pool. The local people started to believe that this habit is the secret behind her beauty.

Soon, the news spread throughout the Southern Italy. The poets of that time also featured the story of this natural pool within their works. Thus, this natural pool the coast of the Adriatic Sea is named as ‘Cave of poetry’.

This 600 square meters natural pool is excavated by years of continuous action of sea. The grotto della poesia pool has a circular pattern. It also have to openings, one at sea side and another at landside. The aqua blue waters of this pools is truly amazing and will offers unique swimming

8.To Sua Ocean Trench, Lotofaga Village, Upolu Island, Samoa


It is a large swimming hole located in Lotofaga village of Samoa. This ocean trench is at a depth of 30 meters. There is a ladder installed on this site to access the pool. The water of this natural pool is very clear and has brilliant blue coloration.
The To Sua Ocean trench is fed by an ocean. The visitors can safely swim in this pool as it is not so deep. There are huts at the top of this pool to relax, eat and drink. This site is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and a scenic beach is very near to it.7 Dudu Lagoon, EL Dudu, Cabrera, Dominican Republic

Of course, the pristine beaches may be the main thing you love about Dominican Republic. But the beaches are not the only best swimming spots in the Dominican Republic. In the Cabrera town of the Northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, there is a sinkhole called as Dudu. It is very popular among international tourists for its cool, crystal clear water.
Unlike the beaches the water of Dudu lagoon is much cooler and clearer. This beautiful natural pool has a depth of 100 feet. There is a small staircase to access the pool. In addition to this facility, you can also find pendulum type ropes there. For a fun filled experience, you can use these ropes to swing and drop down into the cool water of the lagoon.
Never think that swimming is the only activity you can enjoy in the beautiful Dudu lagoon. This cenote has underwater caves. So it is also a good place for scuba diving. You can dive into the nearby lake through the caves. It can be a unique and thrilling experience for you.

6 Hinatuan Enchanted River, Mindanao, Philippines

CREDIT OF IMAGE : 2IL ORG-FLICKRAs the name indicates, the Enchanted River is a stunningly colorful river located in the Mindanao Island in Philippines. No one is known about the origin of this beautiful river. That is why the enchanted river is called so.
For first time visitors, the enchanted river look like a surreal place. Because the color of the river is astonishingly beautiful. It ranges from aquamarine to blue. You can see dark blue color in the deep parts of the river. At the same time the shallow parts of the river reflect aquamarine to light blue color.
The enchanted river is actually a small, deep river that is very close to the sea. As the water is very clear, you can even see the bottom of the river. The water in the river is also completely free from dirt. All these conditions attracts tourists from around the world to the enchanted river.
According to the local people some spots in the enchanted river have the influence of spirits. So that not all areas are allowed for swimming. The night time swimming is also prohibited in this area. Luckily, you can find all facilities near the enchanted river, including cottages, life jackets and delicious seafood.

5 Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

CREDIT OF IMAGE : TRAVELLING MAN-WIKIMEDIAThe Havasu Falls is a picturesque waterfall located within the Grand Canyon in Arizona State of U.S. It is just 1.5 miles away from the Supai tribal village. The Havasu Falls is renowned worldwide for its vivid blue green color water. There are also several pools that formed as a result of mineralization.
Among the hikers, Havasu Falls are their favorite destination within the Grand Canyon. The brilliant coloration of water and perfect natural pools in a stunning red rock surrounding make it a surreal attraction.
The vibrant blue-green coloration of water is due to the high concentration of calcium carbonate. Luckily, the temperature variation for water of Havasu falls is minimal. Throughout the year it offers a pleasant temperature between 21 and 25 degree Celsius.

4 Hamilton Pool Preserve, Austin, Texas, U.S

CREDIT OF IMAGE : LARS PLOUGMANN-FLICKRThe Hamilton pool is a favorite summer swimming destination for Americans as well as international tourists. This amazing natural pool is located within a 232 acres of protected area in Austin city of Texas State. The Hamilton pool has striking green water and surrounded by large limestone slabs. There is also a small waterfall spills from the limestone roof.
Hamilton pool was formed over thousands of years ago, when the continuous natural erosion collapsed the dome of an underground river. Fortunately, this unique natural pool never gets dried up. It is truly a wonder of Austin City. An unforgettable swimming experience is guaranteed for the visitors.
The entry to the Hamilton pool is completely free. There are so much to see in the nature preserve apart from the Hamilton pool. You can see some rarest birds and plants in the protected area around the pool. But biking and fishing are not allowed in this area.

3 Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Denizli Province, Southwestern Turkey

The word Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. Like the name suggest the limestone walls of the Pamukkale has a cotton castle like outlook. Anyway, it is a great natural thermal pool located in the Denizli province in Southwestern Turkey. It contains a group of hot springs and Travertines. The globally popular Pamukkale has been used as a thermal spa since 2nd century B.C.
The unique castle like shape of Pamukkale was formed by continuous deposition of minerals by the hot springs over the years. This 1.7 mile long natural site contains 17 hot springs in total. The limestone-terraces of Pamukkale get collected with thermal waters from the hot springs. The mineral rich waters of Pamukkale pools also have the power to cure several skin diseases.

8 Cute But Dangerous Animals In The World

Look can be deceiving. You know what it means. It is same in the case of both humans and animals. It’s a truth that cute animals can easily win your heart. But, do you know some of them could kill you in an unexpected way. Here the list of 8 cute but dangerous animals in the world


Interesting Things You Need To Know About Swans

  • The beautiful swans symbolize love, grace and purity. This large aquatic bird belongs to the family of duck and goose. Swans live in streams, rivers and wetlands across Northern and Southern hemisphere. There are seven different species of swans in the world. Their attractive feathers come in black, white, grey and orange.
  • The large swans grow 35 inches to 60 inches in length and weigh up to 15 kg. Their wingspan measures between 6.6 feet and 11.5 feet, one of the largest wingspan in the family of birds.
  • To your surprise, the cute looking swans are not so gentle. They are dangerous even to humans. Swans have very few natural predators. As you can imagine, human are the main predator. But swans only attack when they feel threatened, mainly to protect the young. With strong wings, they could quickly reach you. Then they will bite you or try to drown you if you are in the waters. The injuries caused by the swans can be severe.
  • With serious strong bites, swans can defend the predators like raccoons and foxes.


Interesting Things You Need To Know About Raccoons

  • The raccoon is a cute, medium-sized mammal inhabited in wooded areas across North America. Raccoons are known for their beautiful dense, grey fur and dark facial mask. It is a nocturnal creature. They also found during daytime.
  • Raccoons are extremely adaptable, live even in urban areas. You need to be careful, if raccoons live around your home. Because they can cause diseases and property damage. The direct attack from raccoons on humans is a rare case. But they carry dangerous rabies and roundworms.
  • The raccoon is a very curious creature and searches everywhere to find food. This behavior leads to damage of your properties. They destroy plants and dig out garden or lawn. Raccoons also may attack your pets.
  • This omnivorous creature that both plants and animal. Their diet includes fruits, nuts, grains, insects, rats, squirrels, frogs and small birds.

6.Poison Dart Frog

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Interesting Things You Need To Know About Poison Dart Frogs

  • The poison dart frogs are among the most colorful creatures on Earth. They live in tropical forests of Central and South America. There are 100 different types of poison dart frogs in total. Depending on the habitats, they found in different colors including blue, green, black, red, yellow or gold.
  • The striking colors of poison dart frogs are actually a warning for predators that they are poisonous. The level of poison varies on different species of poison dart frog. The most deadly one is golden poison dart frog. They have enough poison to kill a number of adult men.
  • The tribal people of Panama and Colombia use the strong venom of poison dart frogs at the tip of their arrow for hunting.
  • The poison dart frogs have only one natural predator called Leimadophis Epinephelus. It is a special species of snake which resist against poison dart frog venom.


Interesting Things You Need To Know About Cassowaries

  • Cassowary is a large, flightless bird found in tropical rainforests of New Guinea and Australia. Reaching between 55 inches and 79 inches in height and up to 58 kg in weight, this amazing bird is the second largest living bird in the world. They have very long, powerful legs with sharp claws.
  • Perhaps no other living bird in the world is as dangerous as cassowary. With long, powerful legs, cassowary can easily kick down other animals or humans. They also use their long, sharp claws as a weapon to rip any potential predator into pieces.
  • Cassowaries can hit a top speed of 31 miles per hour and jump up to a height of 1 meter. So, they can chase you down quickly.
  • Apart from the great size, and aggressive behavior, cassowaries are known for their beautiful horn like the crest on the head. Regardless of being flightless, cassowaries are excellent swimmers. They also have excellent sense of hearing.

4.Polar Bear

Interesting Things You Need To Know About Polar Bears

  • Polar bears are one of the largest and most beautiful animals on Earth. They mainly found in the Arctic circle. Polar bears are the largest terrestrial carnivore on Earth. They can reach a body length between 7 feet and 10 feet, shoulder height of 4-4.5 feet and weigh up to 720 kg.
  • Polar bears are well-adapted to live in the harsh, cold environment. they have very dense, water-resistant, white coat and a thick layer of body fat. With the strong paws, polar bears can also swim in the Arctic ocean for more than 63 miles.
  • This large predator typically feed on seals. Attack on humans are not so rare. They attack viciously if they found you as a threat. Keep in mind that with a swipe of powerful front paws, polar bears can cut the human body into pieces.


Interesting Things You Need To Know About Chimpanzees

  • Undoubtedly, chimpanzees are very cute and intelligent. This amazing animal has 95-98% same DNA as human’s. The smart chimpanzees known for using tools, learning words and communication skills.
  • The intelligence and cuteness of chimpanzees don’t mean that they can be a good behaving pet. An adult chimpanzee almost has five times strength than an adult human. Even the captive chimpanzees can be very destructive. They bite and injuries can be very serious.
  • Chimpanzees are the aggressive creature. It can’t be predict when they become aggressive. So, you have to be very careful on approaching them. In the wild, they fight each other to get the mate and food.
  • Sadly, the amazing chimpanzees are an endangered species. The deforestation and hunting are the main threat to the chimpanzees.

2.Slow Loris

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Interesting Things You Need To Know About Slow Loris

  • The slow loris is one of the rarest and cutest primates in the world. There are five known species of slow loris found in Southeastern Asia. It is a nocturnal primate and moves very slowly. The cute slow lorises have large, front facing eyes and strong hands that give excellent grip while climbing the trees.
  • It is a truth that slow lorises are irresistibly cute. But keep in mind that it is a poisonous creature. In fact, the only living poisonous primate on Earth. They have glands on the sides of their elbows. When slow lorises get threatened, these glands would release a foul-smelling toxic fluid. Then, this primate lick some poison from the gland and mix it with its saliva and bite the one who disturbed it. This poison could cause allergic reactions and even anaphylactic shock.
  • Interestingly, slow lorises has cobra like pattern and movement. They also have an acute sense of smell which help them to locate the prey at night time.

1.Blue Ringed Octopus

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Interesting Things You Need To Know About Blue Ringed Octopus

  • The cute looking blue ringed octopuses are one of the most deadliest creatures on Earth. They inhabit in the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific ocean. Blue-ringed octopuses are very small in size, only measure 5-8 inches in length. But their venom is about 1000 times more dangerous than cyanide.
  • As name suggests, blue-ringed octopuses have brilliant blue ringed on their yellow skin. They have sphere shaped salivary glands behind the head. It releases powerful venom when threatened or to kill the prey.
  • The bite from a blue-ringed octopus is not so painful. But its venom can cause nausea, heart failure, paralysis or even death. In fact, their venom is powerful enough to kill an adult human within few minutes. Also, keep in mind that there is no antidote to blue-ringed octopus’s venom.
  • The dangerous blue-ringed octopuses are not so aggressive. They remain hidden most of time within their habitats. When threatened, octopuses flash their blue rings as a warning. If disturbed again, they would bite and deliver the powerful venom.

1.Blue Ringed Octopus

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Interesting Things You Need To Know About Blue Ringed Octopus

  • The cute looking blue ringed octopuses are one of the most deadliest creatures on Earth. They inhabit in the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific ocean. Blue-ringed octopuses are very small in size, only measure 5-8 inches in length. But their venom is about 1000 times more dangerous than cyanide.
  • As name suggests, blue-ringed octopuses have brilliant blue ringed on their yellow skin. They have sphere shaped salivary glands behind the head. It releases powerful venom when threatened or to kill the prey.
  • The bite from a blue-ringed octopus is not so painful. But its venom can cause nausea, heart failure, paralysis or even death. In fact, their venom is powerful enough to kill an adult human within few minutes. Also, keep in mind that there is no antidote to blue-ringed octopus’s venom.
  • The dangerous blue-ringed octopuses are not so aggressive. They remain hidden most of time within their habitats. When threatened, octopuses flash their blue rings as a warning. If disturbed again, they would bite and deliver the powerful venom.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Top 10 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World

It is also as tough as the previous question. Because there are a lot. But if you closely look, you could understand that some flowers have a number of unique features to outrank the rest. Here the list of 10 most beautiful flowers in the world.

10 Cherry Blossom

You don’t actually need an explanation about this beautiful if you already an attendee of D.C’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. One of the most spectacular spring festival in the country. The festival showcases more than 3000 cherry trees in full bloom.

This festival also commemorates a special day, March 27, 1912 – when Tokyo Mayor, Yukio Ozaki have Japanese cherry trees to U.S to strengthen the friendship between the countries.

Are you wonder why this plant is so special? Nothing but the unique beauty of its blossoms. First of all, it’s a flower of any trees from the genus of ‘prunus’. The most popular one is Japanese cherry trees. In Japan, cherry blossoms are called as ‘sakura’.

Cherry blossoms symbolize the arrival of Spring, the season of flowers. The beautiful pink and white blossom open at the end of March or beginning of April. The blooming period can last for 14 days.

Cherry blossoms have a great significance in Japanese culture. For them, the blooming of cherry blossoms represents a new beginning and beauty of life. During the blooming period, Japanese spend the evening under the full blooming cherry trees with family and friends. What else anyone possibly needs?

9 Bird Of Paradise

Of course, it’s a confusing name. Actually, bird of paradise is an exotic plant native to South Africa. On blooming, its pretty flowers look exactly like the bird of paradise in flight. That’s why it named so. Bird of paradise is also called as crave flower. This unusually beautiful flower symbolizes the paradise itself.

A mature bird of paradise plant bloom from May through September. On blooming, each flower has three, upright, orange-colored sepals and three, horizontal, blue, inner sepals. The plant also has long, green leafs. Altogether, this flower resembles a flying, bird of paradise, one of the most colorful birds in the world.

Bird of paradise grows well in outdoors. It needs full sunshine. Once the flowers fade away, you should cut back the stems to encourage next level of blooming.

8.Bleeding Heart

You already know what a heart-shape represents – love. Now, imagine a plant in your garden with full of heart-shaped, pink-white colored flowers. Isn’t it wonderful? Of course, nobody can disagree. Because the bleeding heart is such a stunningly beautiful flower that can catch everyone’s attention.

This beautiful, spring-blooming bleeding heart flower grows well in moist, cool climate. On blooming, up to 20 heart-shaped flowers would open on each arching stem.

Bleeding heart can be found in pink, red, yellow and white colors. But pink outer petals with small white tips looks more attractive. When small water drop appears at the tip of the flower(in a moisture filled atmosphere) these flowers truly look like bleeding hearts as their name suggests

7 Dahlia

Dahlia is always been so special among flower lover. The reason is its great variety in size and color. There are 42 different species of dahlias in the world.

This beautiful flower comes in both small and large sizes, ranging from 2 inches to 20 inches in diameter. Dahlia also varies in color, can be found almost any color except blue.

Dahlia is native to Mexico. But today it is wildly cultivated. The stunningly colorful flowers bloom between mid-summer and first frost. To promote blooming, you need to cut back the stem after first flowers fade away.

6 Water Lilies

Probably the queen of all aquatic flowers in the world. To your surprise, there are 70 different types of water lilies in the world. They grow only in still, shallow freshwater ecosystems like ponds. Besides the attention grabbing beauty, water lilies also aid in protecting the ecosystem the inhabit by balancing the water temperature and providing excellent habitat for fishes.

Apart from the eye-pleasing flowers, large leaves which float above the water surface are another noticeable thing about water lilies. They also have a long stem that attached to the bottom of the pond or lake in which the plant inhabit.

The pretty flowers open from spring to fall. Like leaves, flowers emerge out of the water surface. Each flower opens in the morning and close at the evening. Water lilies come in different colors including pink, white, yellow, orange, purple and blue.

5 Gazania

Gazania is a beautiful daisy look like flower native to South Africa. It is also known as treasure flower. Convincingly, gazania has pretty, brightly colored flowers and very attractive long, silver-green leaves.

Gazania grows well in locations where they get full sunshine. Vividly-flowers start to appear in the mid-summer and continue through early fall. Gazanias open in vivid shades of orange, yellow, red, pink and white.

As said earlier, gazania is a Sun-loving flower. Therefore, its flowers close in the evening and not open on the days when the temperature is very low.

4 Lotus

What would be your reaction on spotting a lotus in a murky pond? Of course an instant wow…! Would appear on your face. Regardless of how dirty the pond or grows, nobody could ignore the beauty of a lotus. It is a sacred flower for Buddhists and symbolizes purity, harmony divinity and grace.

Lotus is one of the beautiful aquatic flowers that found in shallow, murky waters. They can’t survive in the cold climate. Lotus need full Sunshine for healthy growth. This light sensitive flower opens in the morning and closes at night.

The showy lotus flowers mainly found in pink and white colors. Each lotus has attractive, multi-layered petals with a central head. Both flowers and leaves float above the water surface.

Lotuses can as large as 20 cm in diameter. Their perfectly round shaped leaves also grow up to 60 cm across. Apart from the beauty, lotuses are also known for their pleasant fragrance

3 Tulips

As a great flower lover, you must have heard about Keukenhof flower garden. Located in Netherlands, this large garden spread across a vast land of 32 hectares. On each spring this garden displays millions of tulips in full bloom. Just imagine you stand between that vast fields of tulips. You would definitely feel like heaven. Because tulip is such a beautiful flower that could instantly grab your attention.

There are more than 3000 varieties of tulips from 150 different species in the world. This diversity itself make it as one of the most popular and most cultivated flowers in the world.

The cup-shaped tulip flowers open on each spring. This showy flower comes in all shades of colors except pure blue. Normally, each stem of a tulip has only one flower. But some species of tulips have more than one flowers on a single stem. One sad fact about tulips are their short lifecycle, only open for 5-7 days.


With more than 25000 known species, orchids are one if the largest flowering plant family in the world. You can spot this beautiful plant nearly everywhere on Earth. But what makes orchids so special is each orchid species is unique.

There are both large and small orchids, short living and long living orchids. Apart from these facts, the most highlighting features of orchids are their unique statutes and vibrant colors. Some species of orchids exactly look like other figures like animals or plants.

For example, the laughing bumble bee orchid has strong resemblance with a female bee. It helps the plant in pollination by attracting the male bees.

In addition to the shape, vibrant colors also play a huge role in the stunning look of orchids. Each orchid flower cone in different colors, white and in the shades of pink, yellow, red and purple. The stunning colors of orchids also help in attracting the pollinators.

1 Rose

Probably the most beautiful flower in the world. Humans have started to cultivate roses since 500 B.C. This pretty, pleasant-smelling flower has such a long time connection with us. Roses also symbolizes love, honor, faith, beauty, and passion.

Beauty is the main factor that makes roses so popular among both florists and flower lovers. There are 100+ different species of roses in the world. The truth is every species of rose has its own unique beauty.

Naturally grown roses only have five petals and five sepals. The only exception for it is Rosa Sericea – this species of rose has only 4 petals.

Roses can be found in different shades of red, yellow, pink, white and orange. Black and pure blue colored roses don’t exist. Regardless of the color roses appears so attractive. Even though, red roses are so special for us. Because it symbolizes true love.

Top 10 slowest animals in the world

10 Manatee

Manatees or sea cows are one of adorable herbivorous marine animals can be seen in Amazon, Caribbean seas and Indian ocean. Manatees used to live in shallow water, always found as just floating over water rather than moving.

Actually manatees don’t have any predators to and won’t face any harm in their life span. Such condition makes manatees one of slowest animals in the world. Most of time they engaged with eating and resting, makes them heavier in size.

9 Gila Monster

Gila monsters are one of member of venomous lizards native to south western parts of United States. They always found as hidden under the ground, rarely get chance to see them. The 22 inch sized gila monster lizards have capacity to consume meal up to one third of their body, also very slow movers in nature.

Gila monsters stored the fat within their body,rarely search for food as fat is within their body. It let them to live longer time under the ground and keep with complete rest. The hidden nature alo keep away the predators from them, became one of species that make least body movements.


Loris are medium sized primates native to south-east Asia. They have human like hands and follows twisted like movement very slowly. Loris can only make maximum speed of 2 km per hour.

Lori’s special lumbering help them to keep away the predators, let them to live without fear. Loris are also seems as poisonous mammal, one bite will inject enough venom to harm you.

7 Sea Horse

Sea horses are special type of fish species found within tropical waters around the world. Unlike other species of fishes they are unable to make so much movement in water because of their mysterious body structure, very slow in movements.

The fast movement of seas horses are limited for 0.5 miles per hour. As they are very slow at movements seas horses used to stay within a unique place in their lifetime.
6Banana Slug

Banana slugs are member of gastropod mollusc with no shell at all. As the move through muscular contraction became a slowest animal species. Most of all time slugs used to lay under the ground for feeding and laying eggs. In that way slugs completely put away movement from one place to another.

Slugs can only achieve faster movement of 0.2 miles per hour. They also have capacity to live underground for several years in moist condition.

5 Koala Bear

Koala bears are comes under special sub category of mammals called marsupial. It is not at all a member of bears, called as because of it look like bears native to Australia. The strong limbs and claws of koala bear help them to climb on trees in no time, used to have leafs of trees. Kola bears are one of slowest animals, as they are poor at eye sight they spend most of time in trees.

Koala bears have thicky padded tails, let them to sit in trees for hours. They have excellent sense of smell and sounds, so that easily can recognize predators easily.

4 Giant Tortoise

Tortoises are vertebrate with longest life span which is known for it’s slow movement. Giant tortoises are mainly found in Seychelles and Galapagos Islands. The have a heavier body with weight up to 350kg, also causes slow movement for them.

The thick legs and heavy shells also responsible for ginat tortoise’s slow movement.They mainly found within wet and grass lands. They have capacity to make larger inter storage of water, have power to live without water or food up to an year.

3 Garden Snail

Garden snails or land snails is member of terrestrial molluscs, native to Mediterranean region. Unlike slugs garden snails have thick coiled shells, make them so slow in movement, only few yards in an hours

They mostly found in wetlands, move through muscular contraction. Garden snails also make hibernation for years, they also like to hide away from sunlight.

2 Star Fish

There are 2000 different species of star fishes are in total, found within all oceans around the world. Interestingly start fishes can’t move long distance, used to travel along with ocean currents. Star fishes are as slow as 0.02 miles per hour.

Their star like body structure itself causes slow movement in ocean. Star fishes have no blood and brain, if they gets cut down into pieces then new star fishes wil grw from each of those pieces.
1 Three-Toed Sloth

Three toed sloths are the slowest animals in the world, native to America. They can only move with maximum speed of 0.003 miles per hours. Three toed sloths won’t move farther than 100 feet in a day, that much tied to a unique place.

It can be said that sloths spend major part of their life within branches of trees, tropical rain forests of America. They used to have leaves of trees and conserve more energy through no body movements.

Living among the trees: Five animals that depend on forests

Forests are magnificent places teeming with a huge diversity of life. They are essential for life on Earth. They impact our lives in so many ways, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Eight of 10 species found on land live in forests, and almost 300 million people, particularly in developing countries, live in forests, too.

Despite the fact that forests are so important to us, and to many different species, we are losing them at an alarming rate. This is due mainly to expanding agriculture, an increased population, and shifts in diet. Once a forest is lost to unsustainable agriculture, it is usually gone forever—along with many of the plants and animals that once lived there. WWF is working to address the threats to forests: By 2020, we must conserve the world’s most important forests to sustain nature’s diversity, benefit our climate, and support well-being.

Check out some of the animals who hang out in forests:

1. Tree Kangaroo
Tree kangaroos live in lowland and mountainous rainforests in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the far north of Queensland, Australia. They have adapted to life in the trees, with shorter legs and stronger forelimbs for climbing. They are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in Australia. Like all macropods, instead of sweating, tree kangaroos lick their forearms and allow the evaporation to help cool their bodies when hot. Many tree kangaroo species are incredibly rare and most are decreasing in number. They face habitat loss through deforestation.

© naturepl.com / Pete Oxford / WWF

2. Giant Panda
Pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo. They play a crucial role in the bamboo forests by spreading seeds and facilitating growth of vegetation. Panda’s suffer from habitat loss due to the construction of roads and railroads, which fragment the forest, isolating panda populations and preventing mating, as well as reducing pandas’ access to the bamboo they need to survive. WWF has been helping with the Chinese government’s National Conservation Program for the giant panda and its habitat. Thanks to this program, panda reserves now cover more than 3.8 million acres of forest.

© David Hulse / WWF Canon

3. Saola
Saolas are one of the rarest and most threatened mammals on the planet. They are a cousin of cattle but resemble antelope. They are critically endangered and are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos. As forests disappear under the chainsaw to make way for agriculture, plantations and infrastructure, saola are being squeezed into smaller spaces. Rapid and large-scale infrastructure in the region is also fragmenting saola habitat. WWF has been involved with the protection of the saola since its discovery, strengthening and establishing protected areas as well as working on research, community based forest management, capacity building, and strengthening law enforcement.

© WWF-Indonesia / Jimmy Syahirsyah

4. Orangutan
The name orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language, and they are the world’s largest tree-climbing mammal. They make nests of trees of vegetation to sleep in at night and rest in during the day. They are “gardeners” of the forest, playing a vital role in seed dispersal in their habitats. Their habitat is fast disappearing to make way for oil palm plantations and other agricultural plantations. Today, more than 50% of orangutans are found outside protected areas in forests under management by timber, palm oil, and mining companies. Orangutans live on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The island of Sumatra has lost 85% of its forests and a similar level of destruction is taking place on the island of Borneo. WWF works in Borneo and Sumatra to secure well-managed protected areas and wider forest landscapes to connect sub-populations of orangutans.

© naturepl.com / Bruce Davidson / WWF

5. African Forest Elephant
African forest elephants inhabit the dense rainforests of west and central Africa. They are smaller than African savanna elephants, with more oval-shaped ears and straighter tusks that point downward. By eating more fruits from more tree species than probably any other large vertebrate, forest elephants are essential for the dispersal and germination of many rain forest trees. For some of these species, their seeds will only germinate after passing through the elephant’s digestive tract. In short, elephants are true forest gardeners. Their range has been shrinking rapidly from 3 million square miles in 1979 to less than 1 million square miles today. Poaching has further decimated their remaining populations by over 65% from 2002 to 2013. These elephants are being pushed into smaller islands of protected areas, further hindering their freedom to roam and long term survival.