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Animal Wedding Cake Toppers

Swan cake topper comes among the animal wedding cake toppers. Through these types of animal wedding cake toppers, you might find a depiction of a bride and groom riding in a graceful white swan on the day of their wedding. This could well be the perfect cake topper for your romantic celebration. Furthermore, such animal wedding cake toppers are collectible figurines that you will cherish long after the special day is over.

Glass tropical fish cake topper might be a charming cake topper for your beach and ocean theme wedding. These types of animal wedding cake toppers are made of hand blown or hand crafted glass with gold plating. Like most of animal wedding cake toppers, this sculpture will make an excellent table decoration as well.

Double tiered glass dolphin cake topper might offer you a traditional wedding feel with its lacy white skirt with white roses. In such animal wedding cake toppers, dolphins rise above the lace as if jumping out of the ocean. These particular type of animal wedding cake toppers are really great for those wanting to mix a beach and ocean theme with the feel of a more traditional wedding.

A hummingbird on heart with rose glass cake topper depicts two hummingbirds kiss a rose with a heart in the background. This cake topper is wonderful for a red roses themed wedding. John Deere bride and groom tractor cake topper is such a wonderful and precious piece which is designed just for the bride and groom. In such animal wedding cake toppers, each piece has terrific details and vivid colors and makes great use as a cake top or decoration.

Lovebirds on pink rose glass cake top will definitely polish wedding cake and will look particularly classy on a smaller sized cake tier. When you put such animal wedding cake toppers, your guests are certain to comment on this lovely piece of art with its hand-crafted glass accents.

Dolphin glass cake topper is a stunning cake topper which encompasses a pair of bottle nosed dolphins crafted of fine, hand-blown glass touching noses. With the putting of such animal wedding cake toppers, you are surely making your wedding a delightful experience altogether.

Dudley Zoo and Castle – Experience A Historic World Alongside Exotic Species

With the whisper of tales and ghosts of the past, Dudley Castle stands as a monument from the 14th century. Constructed in the year 1327, the walls of the castle were embedded with trilobites; a type of fossil group of extinct marine species known to have eyes made of crystal. Today this ruined castle together with Wren’s Nest Hill have been declared as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and stand as the best surviving historical remains in Dudley. >

Dudley Castle happens to be connected with some of the most dark and intriguing tales in the history of the United Kingdom. At one time this historical structure stood as a symbol of majesty and power but at other times it was even the abode of the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scotts. At the time of the civil war the castle was garrisoned by royalist troops and besieged and was later surrendered. In the month of July in 1750 the whole courtyard including the castle went under flames and robbed the structure of much of its magnificence.

Through the decades the building was used for varying purposes, but it was not until 1937 that the Earl of Dudley opened the Dudley Zoological Society in the courtyard, showcasing a collection of exotic animals from across the globe. Within less than two years the Dudley Zoo rose to fame and attracted a million visitors. Today the castle and its courtyard are stages for living demonstrations which include ghost walks, open air music extravaganzas, events for children and amazing displays featuring birds of prey.

The popular Dudley Zoo found in the grounds of this historic site occupies a total of 40 acres of land and has the world’s largest collection of Tectons which received World Monument Status in 2009. Today the Tectons house over 1,300 creatures which are from over 170 different species and include a number of exclusive endangered varieties. The zoo is also involved in a number of conservation and breeding programs and has won several awards.

The Dudley Zoo and Castle is one of the many attractions in the city. Those planning to tour the United Kingdom and visit its many cultural and historical attractions can stay at belonging to Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK. Those in search of offered by this famous name in the hospitality industry can stay at Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley.

Hemis National Park, Ladakh, Jammu &kashmir ,india- Snow Leopard Country

The feeling of being in snow leopard country was amazing. We were in the land of Buddha in High altitude Hemis National Park in Ladakh area of J&K State. Two hours back we sought the blessings of god at Hemis monastery for our successful journey. Since then we were trekking in the cold virgin territory of National park. Hemis is one of few protected forests where trekking is allowed, Our guide assured me of bharal, Ibex sightings and said if luck helps us, snow leopard sighting may be possible.But it is difficult in summers. I spotted a herd of bharal hanging precariously on a cliff. Though at a distan,I zoomed on the animals & caught them in my camera satisfactorily. The overall milieu was soothing and the ambience was heavenly.
We started walking towards our proposed campsite & pitched our tents.The muscles of our bodies were over-stressed and we tried to relax our body & mind.Our guide cooked our supper & soon afterwards we were in deep sleep.
Hemis NP was established in 1981 & covers an area of 3350 Sq Kms. Its area is dotted with villages with total population of about 780 people. Its territory is a difficult place to live.It lies in trans-Himalayan part of India & three astonishingly beautiful lakes of Ladakh-Tsomoriri, Pangong tso, Tso Kar lie near to this park. These lakes are inhabited by numerous rare bird species. One can visit these lakes while on a visit to Hemis.Hemis NP has four entry points namely- Martselang, Chilling, Stok & Zingchan. Trekking is the only way to visit this park. One can trek in this park to markha valley, spituk, Rumbak. These valleys are tough ones as one has to cross high altitude passes. Places worth visit near park is Hemis Gompa. A two days Hemis festivals is held in summers. Concept of home stay was introduced in the park area so one can stay in a village house & can feel the socio-cultural life of local people. The cost of stay is fairly reasonable. This park can be visited for snow leopards, great Tibetan sheep,Tibetan antelope,serow & rare high altitude birds.
Best time to visit the park is mid- June to Mid- October but best wildlife sightings are in winter.
How to Reach
By Air:- Delhi-Leh. Hemis is 45 kms from Leh
By Rail :- Nearest is Jammu

Monkey Show – Family Entertainment on Koh Samui

Koh Samui, often simply called Samui by the locals, is a Thai island and is a part of the Surat Thani Province. Located off the eastern coast of Kra Isthmus, in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand, boasting an area of more than two hundred square kilometres. While not as well known as Phuket, Koh Samui continues to be a popular destination within Thailand. In fact, the clusters of hotels and restaurants adjacent to many of the island’s prominent beaches has grown to such an extent that they are now considered small towns. It is also well known for its extensive coral reefs, lively beaches and abundance of tropical coconut trees.

In fact, coconut trees dominate the landscape. They line the streets, border the beaches and can be found in the unlikeliest of places, and the islanders have developed a unique method of harvesting the tropical fruit; they use trained monkeys! These agile creatures are able to shimmy up a tree and pluck the fruit in a fraction of the time it would take a human, and so play an integral role in the island’s thriving coconut trade. While this is the reason why monkeys are considered ‘man’s best friend’ in Samui, travellers should keep an eye out for road signs that indicate monkeys at work!

Visitors to the island can also take in a Monkey Show. At the Monkey Theatre one will be able to see highly trained primates performing stage acts with incredible dexterity. From pretending to play the guitar to lip syncing to songs, the act is sure to amuse adults and delight children. A small entrance fee is charged. The audience sitting at the front row will be able to have a more interactive experience, so make sure to go early.

Tourists who want to enjoy the best beaches in Thailand without the customary crowds should think about booking their accommodation at a Koh Samui resort. The Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui is located on a private stretch of beach and is the ideal place to sit back and unwind. This luxury Samui hotel has a plethora of facilities including a spa, two restaurants and a bar.

First Proboscis Monkey in Semporna

River cruise has become an increasingly popular way of exploring and appreciating a fascinating aspect of the beauty of Sabah nature, especially the wildlife in the biodiversity-rich mangrove ecosystems. If the idea of cruising along a meandering river and catching glimpses of Proboscis Monkeys, crocodiles, giant fruit bats, scores of fireflies and other creatures sounds exciting to you, then you should not miss the maiden Borneo Semporna Proboscis River Cruise, Only in Semporna.

The main attraction is the proboscis monkey is found only on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It prefers to live in the mixed diterocarp-kerangas forests, mangrove forests and lowland forests near fresh water and rivers. Proboscis Monkey lives almost exclusively in mangrove forests, but can also be found in lowland rainforests. It depends on the mangroves near river edges for resting and sleeping. They avoid deforested areas and avoid human settlements.

This unique monkey belongs to the Asian Langurs they are the only member of the Nasalis genus. The proboscis monkey gets its name from its large, fleshy nose also knows as Monkey Belanda. Both males and females have the large noses. Female noses are not as large, although larger than most monkeys, and juveniles have small upturned noses. The males are so large that they hang down over their mouths; their noses swell and turn red when they become excited or angry. They also make loud honking sounds as a warning when they sense danger or attract female’s proboscis, which make their noses stand out straight.

River cruise in Semporna start at late afternoon around 3.30pm for a 25-minute ride to the Borneo Semporna Proboscis River Cruise Centre in Kampung Tunggulangan. On arrival, a walk along a 150-meters wooden bridge will lead to the centre where visitors can watch and feed the long-tailed macaques with guavas and bread. For bird watching and you can expect to sight horn bills, kingfishers and other species. While enjoy a hi-tea of traditional Malay snacks and drinks while appreciating pristine rainforest ambience and fresh air in river cruise jetty restaurant.

The river cruise centre boat will leave the centre for the hour-long cruise along Sungai Buaya and Sungai Pegagau. It is a great way to experience nature’s sight and sound in the tranquil living environment of a diversity of riverine wildlife, especially Proboscis Monkeys, Long Tail Macaque, Pig Tail Macaque, Giant Fruit Bats, Crocodiles