National Parks and Wildlife Safety Tips

National parks and wildlife within these parks may sometimes be an exhilarating experience but, from a timid deer to an aggressive bear, wildlife should be dealt with caution and care.

These animals are called “wild” life for a reason. While spotting a wild animal within the parks may not happen every time you visit, the sightings do happen, and it’s a good idea to know the safety tips should you happen upon any wildlife.

In any Canadian national park or national parks and wildlife reserves, a creature as benign as a deer may cross your path. This passiveness can sometimes be mistaken for friendliness.

All it takes is one sudden movement and you will be defending yourself from a frightened animal protecting itself on instinct. An angry or frightened deer can be just as dangerous as a charging bear. A human can’t out run an animal and has fewer defenses when it comes to dealing with claws, teeth and antlers.

These few tips about national parks and wildlife may help you have a safer trip.

Do not feed the animals. You may see signs with these words in any national parks and forests. This is not because the park rangers want the animals to die of famine. This tip is as much as protection for the animals as it is for people.

Wild animals have found food on their own before humanity created a sanctuary for them, they will find food long after. If you approach a deer or elk with some food, if you manage to get close enough for it to eat out of your hand, this may seem like a pristine photo opportunity.

However, this innocent situation could turn ugly. One flash from the camera could cause the animal to lash out with its hooves or horns. Also, as these animals become more and more habituated to human interaction, they may start begging for handouts and may even get aggressive if they don’t receive any.

Leave these animals to fend for themselves. Take a picture from afar. It may save you a few broken bones and bruises when you leave these Canadian national parks.

Keep children and pets close by. National parks and wildlife can sometimes seem like play things to kids. There are many places for young ones and pets to disappear in dense cover.

Also, even if you have an eye on them, keep them within grabbing distance. To some wildlife, small children and pets are the size of their prey. Even something as harmless as a chipmunk may suddenly become violent and bite.

Canadian national parks and forests are wild habitats and should never be considered substitute playgrounds for children.

Treat all wildlife with respect. Whether this means giving them their space or putting away all garbage so you leave no damage to their habitats, wild animals deserve this courtesy.

You wouldn’t like a stranger to come into your place, flop on your couch, and take pictures while throwing empty wrappers on the floor, would you? Neither do the animals in our national parks and forests.

Interfering with their instinctual needs can threaten their natural development. Canadian national parks are these animals’ homes. We are simply their guests.

For more safety tips, you can visit any national parks and wildlife websites or contact your local national parks. Before you head out into the wilderness, inform yourself on the type of animals you may have sightings of and learn about their typical defensive behavior.

Learn the animals’ habits, what they eat, when they sleep or where they hunt. The more you know, the better your chances are of having a harmless encounter. Better safe than sorry!

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Things To Consider When Selecting An Animal Hospital For Your Pet

It is not wrong to say that after home, an animal hospital is the next important thing for your lovely pet. It is essential to select the one for your pet so that in case of an emergency you can take your pet without any delay. You need to see that the hospital you are selecting has a specialized team of doctors and the trained staff. It is important to note that the animal hospitals aren’t just offering treatment of domestic animals and pets rather wild animals that are ill or injured in any accident.

Selecting a veterinary hospital may seem like a simple task, however there are a number of factors associated with selecting the best hospital for your needs. It is not only the location of the hospital that matters a lot, the hospital must have the hours of operation that match your work schedule.

A special bond is developed between the pets and their owners. It is for this reason; they become your very close friend or family member is a very short duration of time. When you adopt a pet, there come my responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is arranging a suitable animal hospital where general checkups as well as complicated operations in time of need are possible.

In addition to the location, it is also important to consider the services that are available with the hospital. For instance, many animal hospitals offer special appointments or programs to the new clients. They offer expert advice and treatment for elderly animals or those with serious ailments. In the very first meeting, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian what exactly are your expectations and how you want to proceed further.

In addition to above, there are a few other aspects you need to consider while selecting a suitable animal hospital for your pet. For instance you should inquire about the license of the veterinarian and find out if the hospital has a registered veterinary staff or not. There are a number of tests a registered veterinary personnel have to pass. These include the regulated state tests for treating all vets. It is important to go to a registered technician because he will have the skills and experience that are considered must for the examinations and proper treatment of the vets.

You should not allow a non-registered technician to administer pills and shots or to treat your pet as this can prove to be very dangerous. It is also important to first tour any animal hospital to interview the veterinarian. While doing so, you should observe if proper hygiene is maintained in the hospital or not; especially in the surgical rooms and examination rooms.

So, the above mentioned are a few important aspects you need to consider while selecting an animal hospital for your lovely pet.

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Sidestep Catapult Drives Me Wild

I woke this morning from a dream of wild animals carousing in the backyard – so I reached for the book beside my bed: Sidestep Catapult, by Anne-Adele Wight. I found those same creatures described by my own unconscious lurking in her poems. Some animals are hungry; some just curious; others are downright vicious. Wight embraces the moods of these animals in all their complexity.

Wight’s poetry brings our primitive nature to consciousness. As I read, an insistent remembrance of my primal side erupts through the surface, illuminating everything. Neuropsychology has mapped this part of our brains. Sometimes it is referred to as the reptilian brain, and part of it sits at the base of the skull. It lives within us and informs our behaviors, though many are eager to deny it.

A mystic teacher, DC Vision, once said to me, “People think the natural world is beautiful. It’s not always so glorious. When you look closer, you see nature is savage. It devours itself.” He spent several years traveling by horse across the United States, so he should know.

I have my own gut feelings about the reptilian brain. Avoiding interactions with the natural world and denying we are part animal pushes our primal instincts deeper into the unconscious. Repression makes this part of human nature, which is linked to survival, more dangerous – or something to fear. Wight chooses to confront our inherent animal instincts instead. In What Led to the Hawk’s Nest, her wild creatures appear unbidden in the civilized landscape. “Florida panther paces towards you out of garage.” Later, “teeth close on your wrist.” This theme is reiterated in Leopard Flower, “did you order animals for the toolshed?/ they’ll split it open.”

To our civilized minds, wild animals are unpredictable and cruel. Yet there is a distinct memory of the human world being a part of this:

Eons have passed since we lived in the sea

still speechless

in language heavy-forest

our throats lack bone and cord.

Wight points out the separation between humans and animals: communication through language is what drives a rift between species. Yet even with all their skill, humans lack the apparatus to speak to animals.

Wight’s subjects are imbued with light and fired by crystal energies. Her book harbors the uncontainable: the elemental forces of nature and the mysteries that envelop them. Earth, air, water, fire and spirit coalesce in many of her pieces. Crystal communication, plant energies, expressions of water and bursts of air emanate energy and light through movement or even in stillness. Though these elementals travel a slightly different frequency than humans and animals, they are no less powerful. When activated, the elementals portend signs of supernatural importance. Transatlantic Night Flight is a good example of this:

From inside Ptolemy’s crystal

gridlines divide the Atlantic

humming traffic control.

Emeralds fall around me

sounding calliope

brings them down in a windfall

hooting carousel tunes.

Is this the music of the spheres?

I love the way Wight posits the final question, set apart from this stanza. She is adept at perceiving through multiple senses. Wight is also attuned to the experiences of the astral body.

Christmas Shopping takes this holistic, sensual awareness even further:

every letter an element

each element its opposite

each opposite a color

every color on fire

Solstice Eve recounts a magic ritual where those gathered fuse with the natural world and initiate a stream of energy that is set quickly into motion.

Four people five trees

how force is number

working here and now.

Something pulls toward tree skin

from the core of a ring of five

music struggles in upper branches

In magical rituals, intention guides outcomes. The act of gathering creates a centrifugal force held onto by those in circle and perceived and expressed through feeling, sights and sounds in nature.

Wight’s work is the product of a mind with acute sensitivities. For those who see themselves as a part of the natural world – not just a banal observer — Sidestep Catapult will provide a jolt of recognition and a renewed sense of unity with our wild animalistic core.

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Hearing Noises in Your Attic at Night? You May Have Wild Animals in Your Attic!

Have you been hearing strange noises in your attic at night? Are you concerned that something is living inside your attic? This can be a scary and concerning experience for homeowners, especially when you don’t know what the noise is or where it’s coming from. If you have been hearing strange noises in your attic or walls, especially at night, these are signs of a wildlife or rodent infestation.

Wild animals such a squirrels, raccoons, possums, rodents and even bats can move into your home’s attic or crawl space. While you are terrified in your bed, trying to get your rest; these animals are throwing a party in your attic! They quickly make your home theirs; they will nest, mate, have babies, poop, pee, eat and then go to sleep peacefully. All while you’re pulling your hair out trying to figure out what to do.

The types of noises you may be hearing can range from chewing vibrations, hard thumping, scratching or even worse; moans, cries and growling. Bats do not make as much noise, however you may hear very light, yet high pitched squeaking noises. If you’re hearing these type of noises and you believe that you have a wildlife infestation here are some tips to help you out, so you know exactly what you need to do from here.

First things first, you need to inspect your entire property and look for any entry points. This includes the roof top, soffit breaks, attic vents and even under the home. If there are animals nesting in your attic, they got in there somehow, someway. With larger animals these spots will be easy to point out and you will clearly see the damage where they were entering and exiting. However, with smaller animals such as rats and bats, it may be more difficult to locate these entry points. You will need to look for any and all holes that are larger than a quarter. Also with rats and bats you will see black marks around any entry points. Once you have located entry points, you will need to make the necessary repairs. Every home owner’s situation will be different; repairs can range from simply patching a hole, all the way to replacing an entire roof!

After fixing any damage or access points, now is when you will need to trap and remove the animals. You can purchase live traps for larger animals and you can purchase rat traps for the rats. However, when it comes to bats, it is highly suggested that you hire a licensed professional wildlife trapper to remove the bats, as there are strict laws and regulations in place to protect this important species. If you remove the bats incorrectly or at the wrong time of year, you can be hit with heavy fines. So, when it comes to bats please make sure to hire a professional animal removal company.

Wildlife trapping companies and most attic restoration companies provide exclusion services, where they will seal off all of the holes and repair the damage that is allowing the wild animals access to your home. These are all things that you can do yourself, if you’re a handy person however when it comes to the final and most important, yet widely overlooked step, which is to decontaminate the attic and home, you may want to leave this dirty job for the professionals.

Feces, poop, urine and nesting materials get left behind in your attic after rodent or racoon infestations. These animals leave behind bacteria, viruses and odors from the feces and urine saturating your attic insulation. Not only does the attic needs to be cleaned but all insulation needs to be removed, the attic needs to be disinfected and then new insulation installed because rats and wildlife don’t use the bathroom in one spot. Unfortunately, they leave their filth in every corner and crevice of your attic. Be sure the attic has been sealed as well (most attic restoration companies offer this imperative service.)

Once you have controlled the wildlife problem, cleaned the feces, disinfected the attic and replaced your attic’s contaminated insulation, it’s important to perform some follow up work to prevent the problem from happening again. Here are some tips: trim away all tree and bush branches that are close to your home. Animals can follow the branches on to your roof top. Remove all dog and cat food from outside after the animals are finished eating; as this is one of the biggest culprits to bring wildlife to your home. Another culprit is the bird feeder, as rats and squirrels love the bird seed. Make sure to have contaminated areas, such as your attic cleaned properly by professionals, as the smell of the feces, urine and nesting materials will re-attract other animals. If you’ve been hearing things in your attic, I hope you find this information helpful and I wish you luck in getting rid of your rodent or wildlife problem.

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The Marula Fruit – African Booze For Wild Animals, Or Total Myth?

Are you familiar with the Marula tree? If not, it’s a beautiful African tree that produces wonderful and tasty fruits! Yummy fruits, which apparently make elephants drunk…? The story has been going on for ages…so much so that it has even become a liquor, called “Amarula” for connoisseurs (very tasty by the way, a little like Bailey’s)!


The story is traced back to the 1970s (1974 to be exact), when a guy by the name of Jamie Uys produced two documentaries called “Beautiful People” (he also directed “The Gods Must Be Crazy”). The footage, among other things showing wild animals getting drunk after eating the marula fruits, became an immediate hit (and even received an award for best documentary). Since then millions of people are still persuaded that elephants do indeed get drunk with such “potent” fruits! The question is: is it true?

Genuine Info or Total Fallacy?

Sorry to disappoint you, but (un)fortunately (depends how you see it…) the story is absolutely false! In fact, Jamie Uys’ footage was totally staged and the animals were in fact fed with alcohol (hard to believe I know…). The directors soaked the food and then filmed it! Today the film would’ve made a scandal, but back then it was another story!

Apparently, if this whole “myth” was to be true, any person (or animal) would have to ingest 25% of its own body weight in fruit (in one go) in order to get drunk from it. Not very realistic!;)

Fruit Characteristics

Marula fruits are very rich in vitamin C, and the nut is full of protein! In other words, the fruit is not only a delicacy for elephants, but also for most of the animals of the African savanna! Impalas, kudus, nyalas, baboons, warthogs and other creatures also feed on this delicious treat. They either get it directly from the ground, or thanks to the pachyderms that shake the trees to reach their prize.

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How City Architecture and Urban Sprawling Affect the Both Domestic Canines and Wild Animals

Looking at today’s dwellings in the United States and other similarly developed countries we can see two growing trends that mark the primary residential situations in the country. These do not include isolated residential areas or with short term tenants such as Farms, Ranches, and RV parks. The Majority of Americans live in a dense city or urban environment or in expanded outer cities that contain a network of suburban neighborhoods. I will be investigating the pro’s and con’s of these two types and their impacts on humans, wild and domestic animals, and the environment. The term “Deforestation” is generally referring to the removal of a forest or trees in order to gain access land that is then converted for non-forest use. This term often goes hand in hand with the terms “Urban/Suburban Sprawling, Urbanization, and Suburbanization” which all generally describe the continual expansion of human populations away from the central areas (Cities) into wide-spread, vehicle dependent communities or suburban cities. These suburban cities are the most apparent as you fly over any part of southern California and every year developers are creating more of these cookie cutter homes. Why? There is a high demand for large homes because our society teaches us that our possessions is what measures our wealth and worth. The perpetuation of a pure capitalist mind set is what is allowing the continuation of development. It is because of this deforestation and urban sprawl that non domesticated animals are forced out of their natural habitat and stumble into residential areas and road ways in search of food, shelter, and water. There is however, another side to this coin. Due mostly to greed and unfounded fear, apartments in the more congested city areas are extremely expensive and often have animal restrictions. This would mean those living in this area would be less likely to have as many if any domestic animals. This also means those who already have domestic pets (particularly dogs) are less likely to move to the inner city. These cookie cutter homes provide certain features that the city residential buildings fall short of. These features include greater privacy, greater sense of safety, and obviously more room for families and pets. Majority of those who live in the suburbs are a member of a larger family and are much more likely to have larger domestic animals, namely larger dog breeds. The human death rate has decreased significantly since the introduction to modern medicine which means there are more people to house. Architects are faced with the problem of developing solutions to humanely, ethically, and reasonable house this growing population in a sanitary residential dwelling that will not add to the growing issue of deforestation and global warming.This issue is particularly complicated because the number of variables involved. Just as there is not one clear variable there is not one clear solution either. I will be tackling the subject by investigating the works of urban designers, polling individuals and pet owners, and defining several core issues. Physical issues, cultural issues, legal issues and economic issues. Finally I will briefly explore several possible solutions I discussed with several licensed Architects.

According to Howard Frumkin, author of “Urban Sprawl and Public Health”, the act of developing these suburban cities negatively effect the lives of people and animals. Sprawling is essentially the lowering of proximity meaning the area has fewer destinations and less variety of uses. Zoning laws that only allow for a single use for certain areas are called Euclidean Zoning laws. In one way they ensure that residential buildings are not built next to industrial building which is one positive aspect. They however, also perpetuate the sprawling issue by not allowing or restricting the creation or adaption of multi-use buildings, such as a living space above a business. The zoning laws set up a scenario in which people are dependent on motorized vehicles to travel to work, school, the store, and malls. This means that the road ways often need to be expanded to account for the greater amount of traffic. This expansion also cuts into the natural environment, leaves oils and other debris on the roads that ultimately ends up in the oceans and more cars in use means a greater carbon footprint. The argument is that people could use public transportation. The problem is that in wide-spread suburban cities public transportation is not only time consuming and unreliable it is also uneconomical. There is simply not enough passengers to make it worth while. “In one study, in the Seattle area, automobile commuting began to decease when the employment density reached about thirty employees per acer., and dropped sharply at levels above seventy-five. A similar pattern was evident for shopping trips.”

When conducting surveys of a obscure topic like urban sprawling, which is not exactly a well known topic, I needed to make sure that the individuals I approach understood the questions that I was asking. I tried to choose a wide range of demographics to include: fellow students, clients, family, friends and a blind survey I conducted with a few random strangers online. I started with a basic questionnaire to determine which questions I should use to continue my research with. I started by creating five categories in which I can place a person. These are: have pets/live in home, have pets/live in city, don’t have pets/live in home, don’t have pets/ live in city, and finally don’t have pets but wants a pet/ lives in city. For this study I focused primarily on dogs due to the fact that they require more attention, space and training. Those who did not have pets and did not want pets were then used as a conflict group (a group of people with opposing view points). I formulated sets of questions to ask both the pro-pet group and the anti-pet group to get a general understanding of what their thought processes were without giving them insight to my own opinions. I then went on to interview several architects to learn about their opinions in regards to the effects that dense cities and suburban cities have on domestic and wild life. I had written out my questions and recorded each architect has he or she responded after hearing the question for the first time. Urban sprawling is an issue, I think, many architects and urban designers are looking at right now. The problem has more to do with a social anxiety spurred on by the idea of conforming to the denser cities and having less space and privacy. Architect’s now have to consider how to design a building or community that will attract those who are accustomed to suburban sprawl. The challenge is to essentially change the mindset of an entire generation to slowly pull back into the cities. I grew up in a suburban area in Texas. The state of Texas is one of the biggest offenders in regards to the development of sprawling communities. I grew up having to take a 40 minute bus ride to school every morning because my “city” didn’t have a high school. I have lived in California for seven years now and I realized how ridiculous that is and the waste it created. I am also however not interested in living downtown even though I know it is better for the environment. I took a course in Urban planning and arrived at the conclusion that city living needs to be feasible for people with many different life styles and the animals that accompany them.

Of the one hundred people I polled, I learned that the percentage of those who lived in the suburbs and had pets was nearly equal to the percentage of people who lived in the city and wanted to have pets. Which I found to be an interesting coincidence. I asked each person I polled these key questions.

  1. Do you have a dog or other large pet?
  2. Would you consider moving to the downtown area with your pet?Why or why not?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a larger pet in the city?
  4. Would you describe the area in which you live to be “city” or “suburban”?
  5. Would you consider getting a large pet (such as a dog) while living at your current address? Why or why not?
  6. What are your feelings about sharing a wall or fence with an animal?
  7. What are some possible improvements architects should look into in order to ease current difficulties and persuade more people with pets to live in a denser areas?

For those with dogs or large pets the common or similar answers to questions two, three are as follows:

2) No or probably not. They have a large energetic pet or multiple pets and are concerned about the lack of space, bothering neighbors or other people, the dog won’t have as much time with nature.

3)The advantages is that the pets adjust to city life if they are exposed to it early and properly trained. They have more time to walk and enjoy time with their pets because the don’t have to commute. The disadvantages is that there isn’t as many places the dog can enjoy off leash and some business still don’t allow pets.

For those living in the in an Urban environment:

5) No or probably not. They want to wait until they have either a larger home with a yard or more time to dedicate to the animal. They don’t currently have the time or money to walk and train any animals.

6) I don’t care or it is bothersome. Some people shared that they had allergies to pet dander, a fear of dogs or specific dog breeds, and others expressed a general distaste for the noise and smells that certain pets created.

Finally the responses given by all volunteers polled:

7) Many people requested more semi-private and gated pet facilities. Others requested regulations be made about only allowing large or energetic pets on the bottom floor to reduce the noise issue. Many pet owners requested more pet friendly spaces around the city.

Additionally I interviewed several architects with a separate list of questions.

  • What are your general thoughts on centralization into cities verses urbanization?

Katherine Herbst: “I’m a big fan of densifying. I think the further out we spread the more impact we have on resources, the more impact we have on the habitat… its a general degradation of the environment,” “fuel, garbage, sewage.. gets harder to manage, I think the further spread out you are the more difficult it is to manage all these services.”

  • How do you believe each impacts the wild life? And the domestic animals?

Katherine Herbst: “I am really interested in is how wild life actually adapts to urbanization… There are creatures who are incredibly adaptive,” “you have to understand that animals are wild, they are not pets and they are not toys and they have just as much right to this world as we do,” ” San Diego has a great multiple species quarter act that allows animals to move from the coast to the mountains in a sort of uninterrupted landscape. I think that’s a pretty smart way to plan a city”

Domestic: ” I think there is adaptation that happens,” “I think its a question of how you want to interface with the animals.. people adjust to urban settings if their life choice is to still have animals,” “I think we anthropomorphize. We think that a dog can’t be in a city because there is no place for it to run. But I think that’s our reading of them.”

  • Is this more of a physical or social issue?

Hector Perez: ” the questions is more about how how we legislate the breeding of animals.. we have to at least teach people the differences that their decisions make,” “We need to control the population as much as possible so that we treat those that are born as humanely as possible,” “

  • Your thoughts on how we, as architects, can better accommodate those who do choose to have large breeds or multiple pets?

Hector Perez: ” I think areas for dog parks… are hugely important. On a smaller scale the way we design our living units to be made up of materials that are resilient, sound abatement in between floors when you have stacking units so that their paws don’t make as much sound,” ” I have a building down the street and I have been pretty open with letting people bring their pets until recently it’s become and issue of sound when you have a little… hyperactive animal,” “In retrospect I should have thought better to say animals..pets should not be allowed on the second floor… Having a pet in a carpeted [area] as become a huge problem”

I am defining issues to be those that involve physical space, resources, and health. I believe the most outstanding issue between centralizing and sprawling is a social or cultural resistance. I feel that term would umbrella over most of our impact on our environment. I believe if breeders were limited to a number of puppies per year they were allowed to produce, if “puppy mills” were shut down for being inhumane and if pet owners were held to a higher accountability of their pets, domesticated animals would not have to suffer or be negatively impacted by the centralization or densification or our existing cities. I believe architects, urban planners, and engineers can develop a reasonable living accommodations for families and pet owners if we begin to offer more interest in multi-use buildings and loosen the euclidean zoning laws.

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Pros and Cons of Wild Animals As Pets

Many people find the idea of having wildlife as pet as exotic and exciting. However, if you want a wild animal as a pet, you should have thorough understanding of the animal and its behavior and needs. The people who have these animals as pets are invariably trained to handle them, but even they will tell how unpredictable these animals can be. You may have read stories in the newspaper of zoo keepers being mauled by their wards.

So, having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some people like to highlight the pros, while others just point out the cons. However, both should be weighed equally and only then a decision should be taken to keep a wild animal as a pet.

Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.

Sometimes, conventional pets like dogs and cats cannot be kept due to lack of space. In such circumstances, one can keep a wildlife like a hedgehog or gecko as a pet as they do not require that much space. Some wild animals have their own benefits. Like a hedgehog can be used to keep insects and others pests at bay in a house.

Often it has been seen purchasing a wild animal can be cheaper than purchasing a pet that is popular and has a pedigree.

Also, many proponents of wild animals feel that some species have a better chance of survival if they are adopted. It has been seen that the dart frog is facing a problem in the wild as its natural habitat is diminishing. Hence, if this animal is adopted, it will have a better chance of survival.

However, there are sufficient cons and disadvantages of owning wild animals as pets. First of all, one has to take into consideration the welfare of the animal. Having a wildlife means giving due consideration to its diet, exercise and social interactions. Often, the animal will not have any interaction with other animals of its own species and will be left to leading a lonely and solitary life. Also, the owners will not be equipped to provide proper care to the animals as they may not be well-versed in these things. Many wild animals look cute and cuddly when they are small. However, as they reach adulthood or sexual maturity, their wild side takes over and the animal becomes aggressive. This is the time many owners abandon their pets or give them away to zoos.

Wild animals are carriers of many diseases that are lethal to humans. For instance, reptiles and amphibians are carriers of salmonella infection and each year thousand of people in the US contract this disease due to their pets. Also, rats imported from Africa are known to carriers of monkey pox. An outbreak of this disease occurred in the US in 2003 when Gambian rats brought in the monkey pox into the country.

Above all, the demand for wildlife as pet is increasing. So, many illegal traders are taking advantage of this demand. Most of the wild animals are captured and then transported in cruel and inhuman manner to reach their owners. In addition, majority of the owners do not know to take care of the animals and this causes them to fall sick or even die.

So, weigh the pros and cons of having wild animals as pets before jumping to adopt one. Make sure that you are properly equipped to handle the care of the animal. Do not adopt one if you have any doubts.

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The Particular Story About Ninthward Skis

Several years back during summer of 2003, in Mammoth Lakes California, a small team of ski industry experts as well as experienced ski athletes started to conceptualize a culturally different snow and skate mission. During the time there was basically no name for this company. Reminiscing on the sofa one particular summer day, one of the athletes stated “This company reminds me of the “Ninthward”, a tough and hard core street project in New Orleans, Louisiana. This specific project next to the French Quarter is known for a solid companionship among the residents.

The actual name “Ninthward” stuck and the organization started crafting engineered skateboard, skis, and clothing goods in cooperation with internationally renowned ski and snow sport experts. Ninthward quickly began design engineered goods that surpassed industry norms in functionality, artwork, and core genre. Skateboard decks were the pioneer product the Ninthward team designed, being an inexpensive tool for daily use by the team. The garage times of ski manufacturing began during the cold months of 2003. Designed skis were hand made, which in turn lead the acceleration of upcoming ski technologies by Ninthward.

The following two years, crew performance as well as larger production volumes triggered the Ninthward Company right into a fully functional ski and skate business. Once the Ninthward subculture and business platform excelled, reputation started to boost. In the wintertime of 2005 Ninthward launched an outerwear collection as well as snowboards, a move that inspired various other independent ski and snowboarding businesses to try and do the same. The ski product range expanded and worldwide exposure increased, making it possible for Ninthward to reach worldwide distribution.

As time unveiled, a world class ski team along with an exceptional design and style perspective moved into the competitive market place, generating a powerful and encouraged lifestyle enabling Ninthward to retain the authentic core aspects of the organization.

Nowadays Ninthward provides an aggressive and different option to skiers searching for a product in order to improve potential. Public approval through the ski sport communities increases the company profile and challenges other corporate ski providers. The particular collaboration of artwork, lifestyle, audio as well as performance set the trend and lead the ski sports market. Ninthward obviously makes use of their particular cohesive brand message that leverages them over this kind of culturally unexciting competitive marketplace.

Product testing is maintained as brand new revolutionary models, engineering shapes and forms are introduced in order to improve attraction towards the sport and even more importantly, help make winter sports comfortable while excelling the activity one stage further.

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Jammu & Kashmir: A Serene Place to Visit in January’s Winter

Tourism in India during the winter is like an amazing expedition. Because, no one can’t say that a short trip in India is not at all entertaining or blissful. After all, when it is a trip to the ‘Swarg’, (Kashmir is also known as ‘Bhuswarga’) (heaven) of India. Every (traveller) ‘Musafir’ is welcomed here because, Indian tradition and culture teaches ‘Vasudhaiva Kudumbkam’.

It means the whole world is one family.

Winter is the best time to visit this incredible India’s Jammu and Kashmir because, one can enjoy the true beauty of this place only if the person plans to visit Jammu in January. Apart from apricots, green apple and the other regional fruits of this place, it is the Thajiwas glacier amongst other tourist attractions that drag tourists over here.

Major ‘key’ factors for tourist attraction

Nectar for sacred belief

Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the major ‘turn-key’ factor for driving the religious tourists from all over India. Earlier, before 1989’s insurgency, tourism contributed a major portion of Kashmir’s economy. But, after that tourism was a worst hit for all.

Whether you are a profane or a sacred believer of God, this place is a hotspot for everyone.

But, before you go you must believe the sacred presence of mother ‘Vaishno Devi’ from the innate core of your soul and then start your journey to the temple.

Climbing the steep steps is not that easy when you are climbing the stairs. Every year thousands of tourists come here to touch the holy feet of Vaishno devi to fulfil their unsatisfied desire.

It is a belief that whoever comes here never goes back without getting their wish fulfilled. “Mata” (Mother) Vashno devi fulfils their every desire.

That’s what drag even foreign devotees to this place to visit Amarnath in January, where the famous Vaishno Devi Temple is located.

Speciality of this attraction

The speciality of it is, you can see people from all community, irrespective to their age is walking and climbing the huge 13.5 km path. While going through this long journey for long more than 3 to 4 hours journey by foot, you might hear devotees yelling ‘Jai Mata Di’. That’s the spirit of those who come here to visit Vaishno Devi for once in their lifetime.

Shikara ride

Did you ever enjoy a boat ride? Well, I am not talking about any ordinary boat ride on Thames or on Hudson Bay.

I am talking about a semi frozen lake with budding lotus flower everywhere and you are taking a peaceful tranquil ride with a cup of coffee on your hand. The smoke evoking from the cup is creating a smoggy atmosphere in the ‘Shikara’ and you can see people slowly riding near you with green apples, fruits and apricots, ripened enough to gulp it inside.

That’s what people usually do whenever they come to Kashmir. It is a common phenomenon on Dal Lake. Most of the shikaras available here are meant for tourist purpose.

How to hire them

All you have to do is, find a boatman and hire it for one night or two nights. That include of course two meals a day as well as the breakfast. The charges won’t be much. It might cost around 2500/- to 3500/- INR. The charges vary when it is a peak tourist season. If you are choosing this place to visit in the month of January, the price varies for sure.


Known for its exotic beauty and amazing greenery, Sonmarg is a prime location for every international tourists. Whether it is the green apple or the snow-clad mountains that is driving you here, visiting Sonmarg during the winter season is a priceless memory.

Recently an initiative has been taken by the Govt. Of India to promote tourism in this place. An ample of winter sports like skiing and various other entertainment has been organised to promote tourism in Sonmarg.

Low per head cost

Per head cost of any place that you plan to visit in Sonmarg during the month of January is never going to be a burden for your budget. So, stop wrinkling your eyebrows.

Per head Meal: 500/- INR {lunch & dinner excluding breakfast}.

Per head Lodging: 1500/- to 2500/-, for basic accommodation, i.e. one room with attached bathroom.

However, the prices may vary depending upon the accommodation and facility you are taking. The prices might go a bit high if you need any luxury accommodation.

Other attractions

Jammu is famous for other attractions as well. They include Bhau Fort and Baghee Bahu.

Though prior to insurgency now the tourist visit has decreased in Jammu and Kashmir, but still people come here in search of peace.

If you are coming here with your kids or your dating partner don’t forget to visit Gulmarg. There are ample of winter sports available in this place to attract the tourists.

If you are thinking for skiing, do drop in.

Nothing can be more romantic than Gulmarg if you are planning to visit in the month of January.

We all lead a life where everyone rushes for materialistic expansion. Nobody has got time to sit and think for a while how melodious and mystique nature is in Jammu and Kashmir. Here, a rambling ‘musafir’ (traveller) can spend the whole life, basking in this enthralling beauty of Kashmir.

Myth says that when Rama verged war against Ravana he got stuck to see the beauty of ‘Pampa’ river. A lone wanderer is definitely going to get his or her knees completely numb the moment the person witnesses flamboyant Lidar River passing through the Kashmir valley.

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Understanding ZMOT and Using Video Marketing Strategies to Win

If you’re an online marketer and haven’t yet read “ZMOT: Winning the Zero Moment of Truth,” you probably should. Published by Google in November 2011, the book (authored by Jim Lecinski) is a study that introduces marketers to a “new” mentality that shoppers have adopted since the evolution of information accessibility.

According to the book, ZMOT is the decision-making moment that takes place on users’ computers, laptops and mobile devices hundreds of millions of times daily. It is the moment where information is found and consumed, where marketing is happening and where shoppers make their decision to purchase.

So how can you use video marketing strategies to win at ZMOT? The following four tips will help you better understand how to craft your videos and how to market them to win at Zero Moment of Truth.

Understanding ZMOT and Using Video Marketing Strategies to Win

  1. ZMOT is the moment that a woman pulls out her mobile phone to look at video reviews of skis while she’s in a winter sports store. Did you know 79 percent of consumers say they use smart phones to help them shop? Make sure your videos are mobile-optimized, and the web page you’re hosting it on is too. Optimize it for the most devices possible, paying attention to download times and mobile-friendly creative.
  2. ZMOT is a young woman in a café watching video reviews while looking for a cheap hotel in Paris. Did you know 70 percent of Americans say they read product reviews before making a purchase? Use this to your advantage. Launch a series of video reviews of your product or service explaining its features and benefits.
  3. ZMOT is Mom CEO in her office scanning video reviews of cough syrups before heading to the grocery store. Did you know 83% of moms do research online about product after watching TV commercials about those products that they find interesting? Think about your target audience, and when and where they will be viewing your video. Is it in the car on a mobile phone? Maybe it will be on their desktop or iPad. Craft your video so that it connects to your target user, and then format it so that it is as user-friendly to view as possible.
  4. More and more consumers learn, live and make decisions based on review and rating sites, one the go as well as at home, based on social media outlets and more than ever from video. Use video to create consumer guides, product demos, explainer videos, reviews and vlogs – and then make all of those videos easy to Pin (on Pinterest), tweet and share on Facebook or other social networking sites

ZMOT is a new mental marketing model that targets users before the point of sale. Understanding it will help you create better and more useful videos to integrate into your video marketing strategies. This will in turn make you part of the online conversation so you can be top-of-mind when the point of sale is about to take place.

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