The year is finally coming to an end and we are excited the festive holidays are here… As you look back, intended travel did not materialize for one reason or the other. Next year is another opportunity, see our travel tip section below…
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The tiger is the largest cat species and the largest felines in the world, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Many cultures consider the tiger to be a symbol of strength and courage. However, because hunting them is also a sign of bravery in some cultures, tigers are endangered.
Wild tiger numbers have increased for the first time since detailed records began, with almost 3,900 thought to be living worldwide.
The figure, based on national surveys, is an increase from the 2010 estimate of “as few as 3,200”. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum, there are now at least 3,890 tigers in the wild. India holds more than half, with an estimated 2,226 tigers. Russia was second with 433, followed by Indonesia (371) and Malaysia (250).
To see tigers talk to us about a tour to India…
- Tigers mainly eat ambar deer, wild pigs, water buffalo and antelope.
- On average, tigers are 1.5 to 2.9 m long and weigh between 75 to 325 Kg. The largest tigers, the Siberian, also called Amur, are 3.3 meters long and weigh 300 kg. The smallest tiger is the Sumatran tiger, they grow to 1.5 to 3.7 m and weigh 65-305 kg.
- Tigers are mostly nocturnal (more active at night) and are ambush predators that rely on the camouflage their stripes provide.
- Tiger cubs are born helpless. At birth, a cub weighs 1 kg and a female may have as many as seven cubs at a time, usually, only two survive because the mother must leave the cubs while she hunts, and she cannot kill enough prey to feed so many cubs.
- Tigers use their body weight to knock prey to the ground and kills with a bite to the neck.
- They are also very good swimmers and have been known to kill prey while swimming.
- Tigers essentially live solitary lives, except during mating season and when females bear young.
- Tigers typically live 14 to 18 years.
- Lions and tigers are closely related. If you shaved them you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart because their body structure is so similar.
Our Bucket List Item
Did You Know…
San Francisco’s famous suspension bridge isn’t actually gold; its official paint colour is ‘international orange.’ Goldengatebridge.org even publicizes the colour formula used to attain this orange hue, so fans of the bridge can replicate the exact tone at home. The bridge owes its golden name to the Golden Gate Strait, the waterway it straddles, not its paint colour…
Travel Tip – Planning Travel
As the year ends and you curse yourself for not traveling again!!! See below a few tips to help you plan next year’s travel.
- Pick a destination – gives you a goal to work towards… (12 months to intended date of travel)
- Decided on the duration of your trip.
- Know your costs – helps you plan on how to save for your trip.
- Start paying your travel specialist in installments.
- Book your flight.
- Book your accommodation.
- Research and discuss with your travel specialist a must do activities.
- Get your debit and credit cards in order and advice your card bank of your upcoming travel…(1 week to departure).
- Discuss with your travel specialist best travel insurance and buy one.
World Travel Fact…
Australia lays claim to over 10,000 beaches
– more than any other nation.
MY MOUNT KENYA EXPERIENCE- “THE INDEPENDENCE”
Climbing Mount Kenya had been in my bucket list just like Mount Kilimanjaro. What is most interesting is that Rotary turned me to a mountain climber. And more fulfilling because I was doing it for Charity. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015 and stocked a library in a rural school with books from class one to eight. Training began in August 2016 and we climbed Mount. Longonot (2895m) asl, Mount. Kilimambogo (2570m asl), Ngong Hills, Aberdare Ranges (Elephant Hill) (3,905 m asl) plus other countless walks at serene Karura forest and Arboretum. The weekends were mostly taken and my friends once again nick named me ‘Miss Kenya-Rotary chapter! This time was easier because most of us now had the experience and knew what to do.
We set off for Mount Kenya on 8th December 2016 after breakfast; this was a 3 hours road drive from Nairobi to Nanyuki. We arrived at the Sirimon gate (2650m asl) at 1.00pm where we had lunch and began to ascend at 2.00pm. After a 9 kms walk, we arrived at Old Moses camp (3300m) at 5.00pm for the night. The night at the bankers was manageable. We set off the next day at 8.30am for Shiptons camp (4200m) and after 14kms, we finally arrived Shiptons camp (4200m). Day one and a bit of day two were manageable and all the six (6) of us were at ease and greatly enjoyed the walk and fresh air. The two days saw us go through forest and moorland types of vegetation with lots of giant lobelia. The beautiful Batian which stands at 5199m asl and is the highest point, was visible throughout. We walked along and crossed extremely beautiful Liki and Mackinders valleys and enjoyed lunch at Ontulili river. The last stretch towards Shiptons camp was quite a sharp ascent that saw some of us struggle a little bit
We quickly settled in, had some tea followed by dinner and went to sleep at 7.30pm. This was the night that we would also summit. Shiptons Camp is right below the three majestic peaks – Batian, Nelion and Lenana and gives a splendid view.
Quote of the month:
“Traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a story teller”
– Ibn Battuta