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- Top 10 Most Endangered Animals In The World!We all heard it: we need to save our Mother Earth. But despite this loud cry made by environmentalists and large animal rights organizations, there are still animals that are in danger of becoming extinct forever. The general apathy of people is contributing to this fast disappearing of animals while greed is driving people to destroy the natural habitats of these animals. This is the main purpose of this article, to increase the awareness of the readers how serious the situation is. If we do not act now, things will get worse before they get better.Top 10 Most Endangered Animals
It is undeniable that it is hard to make a list of endangered animals because of the number of animal species that are currently facing extinction. As this might be the case, it is only fitting to write this article according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) list.The list above may change. Some may increase, and other may decrease even more. May be, by the next time someone will make a list of these endangered species, one of the animals listed here may be officially extinct. This is the sad state of our Mother Earth. While there are efforts made to salvage these animals, it is never enough as long as there are greedy people who are motivated by their selfish ambitions. It is time to make a stand. It is time to make a change and the change starts with you.
10. Mako Shark
Mako shark is killed primarily because of its tender meat and fin. To make things worse, the shark fin is considered to be of great value medicinally. Some poachers will just strip off their fins and throw it back to the sea and leave it to die there.
9. Green-Cheeked Parrot
Because of its beautiful colors and intelligence capabilities, the green-cheeked parrot is being sold across the United States and Mexico. The great demand for these birds has made its population rapidly decrease.
The numbers of tiger in the wild is getting lesser each year because of poachers. Tigers are just occupying 7 percent of their original habitats and if this will continue, they will soon face extinction like their relatives in Asian countries.
7. Hawksbill Turtle
An adult hawksbill turtle can measure as long as 1 meter. Because of the low birth rate of these turtles combined with the illegal trade of its shell, the hawksbill is now exponentially vulnerable to extinction.
6. Alligator Snapping Turtle
The meat of alligator snapping turtle is considered to be an exotic food. Due to international market demands for an alligator snapping turtle and the deforestation that is taking place in North America, this turtle is now rapidly decreasing in numbers.
5. Polar Bears
The polar bears are among the earliest species that were threatened by the escalating global warming issue. With ice caps melting, it is estimated that within the next century the polar bears will be completely wiped off the face of the icy arctic.
4. Beluga Sturgeon
Once believed to be extinct until one beluga sturgeon was found alive in the Caspian Sea, it is now considered to be an ancient living fossil. Because of its delicious meat, it is highly in-demand at exotic restaurants. Because of it is so expensive, many poachers are tempted to hunt down beluga sturgeon.
3. Giant Panda
This is one of the iconic animals that represents all the endangered species of the world. There are now only less than 1,000 pandas in the wild. Because of their beautiful and soft fur, they are sought after by poachers. In addition to this, their natural habitats are now disappearing because of deforestation.
2. Mountain Gorilla
Sad to say, there are only about 720 surviving gorillas in the wild and another 200 of them are living in the Virunga National Park. Thankfully, the active conservation efforts of the Democratic Republic of Congo have paid off. There had been a 14 percent increase in its population for the last 12 years.
1. Black Rhino
During the last few decades, the population of black rhinos has decreased by 90 percent. There are now about 3000 rhinos in the world today and if poaching continues, they are believed to get extinct within the next few years.
(Contributed by : SN on 23.11.2012)
Hummingbirds are small birds that belong to the family Trochilidae. The name ‘Hummingbird’ is derived from the characteristic ‘hum’ made a hummingbird’s rapid wing beats. Most species of hummingbird have an average length of 7.5–13 cm. Hummingbirds are the only group of birds that can fly backwards. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second (depending on the species).
(more at : http://www.amazingfacts.in/2011/03/hummingbird.html )Hummingbirds are small birds that belong to the family Trochilidae. The name ‘Hummingbird’ is derived from the characteristic ‘hum’ made a hummingbird’s rapid wing beats. Most species of hummingbird have an average length of 7.5–13 cm. Hummingbirds are the only group of birds that can fly backwards. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times ...
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The Red Fort (Hindi: लाल क़िला, Urdu: لال قلعہ, usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Imperial Family of India. It also served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648 (10 years).The Red Fort was originally referred to as “Qila-i-Mubarak” (the blessed fort), because it was the residence of the royal family. The layout of the Red Fort was organised to retain and integrate this site with the Salimgarh Fort. The fortress palace was an important focal point of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad. The planning and aesthetics of the Red Fort represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which prevailed during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. This Fort has had many developments added on after its construction by Emperor Shahjahan. The significant phases of development were under Aurangzeb and later Mughal rulers. Important physical changes were carried out in the overall settings of the site after the Indian Mutiny in 1857. After Independence, the site experienced a few changes in terms of addition/alteration to the structures. During the British period the Fort was mainly used as a cantonment and even after Independence, a significant part of the Fort remained under the control of the Indian Army until the year 2003. The Red Fort is an attraction for tourists from around the world.
The Red Fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s new capital, Shahjahanabad (present day Old Delhi), the seventh city in the Delhi site. He moved his capital here from Agra in a move designed to bring prestige to his reign, and to provide ample opportunity to apply his ambitious building schemes and interests.
The fort lies along the Yamuna River, which fed the moats that surround most of the wall. The wall at its north-eastern corner is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh Fort, a defence built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.The construction of the Red Fort began in 1638 and was completed by 1648.
The Indian flag flying from Delhi Gate
On 11 March 1783, Sikhs briefly entered Red Fort in Delhi and occupied the Diwan-i-Am. The city was essentially surrendered by the Mughal wazir in cahoots with his Sikh Allies. This task was carried out under the command of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and Sardar Baghel Singh Dhaliwal, who led Karor Singhia misl which comprised Sikhs from present day Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts (some major villages being Chabal, Naushehra Pannuan, Sirhali, Guruwali, Chabba, Sur Singh, Bhikhiwind, Khadur Sahib, Chola Sahib etc.) .
The last Mughal emperor to occupy the fort was Bahadur Shah II “Zafar”. Despite being the seat of Mughal power and its defensive capabilities, the Red Fort was not defended during the 1857 uprising against the British. After the failure of the 1857 rebellion, Zafar left the fort on 17 September. He returned to Red Fort as a prisoner of the British. Zafar was tried on in a trial starting on 27 January 1858, and was exiled on 7 October.
Architectural design in red fort
View of the pavilions in the courtyard
Red Fort showcases the very high level of art form and ornamental work. The art work in the Fort is a synthesis of Persian, European and Indian art which resulted in the development of unique Shahjahani style which is very rich in form, expression and colour. Red Fort, Delhi is one of the important building complexes of India which encapsulates a long period of Indian history and its arts. Its significance has transcended time and space. It is relevant as a symbol of architectural brilliance and power. Even before its notification as a monument of national importance in the year 1913, efforts were made to preserve and conserve the Red Fort, for posterity.
The walls of the fort are smoothly dressed, articulated by heavy string-courses along the upper section. They open at two major gates, the Delhi and the Lahore gates. The Lahore Gate is the main entrance; it leads to a long covered bazaar street, the Chandni Chowk, whose walls are lined with stalls for shops. The Chandni Chowk leads to a large open space where it crosses the large north-south street that was originally the division between the fort’s military functions, to its west, and the palaces, to its east. The southern end of this street is the Delhi Gate.
Red Fort today
The Red Fort by night.
The Red Fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Old Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The fort is also the site from which the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on 15 August, the day India achieved independence from the British. It also happens to be the largest monument in Old Delhi.
At one point in time, more than 3,000 people lived within the premises of the Delhi Fort complex. But after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the fort was captured by Britain and the residential palaces destroyed. It was made the headquarters of the British Indian Army. Immediately after the mutiny, Bahadur Shah Zafar was tried at the Red Fort. It was also here in November 1945, that the most famous courts-martial of three officers of the Indian National Army were held. Even after India gained independence in 1947, the Indian Army continued its control over the fort. In December 2003, the Indian Army handed the fort over to the Indian tourist authorities.
Today, a sound and light show describing Mughal history is a tourist attraction in the evenings. The general condition of the major architectural features is mixed. None of the water features, which are extensive, contain water. Some of the buildings are in fairly good condition and have their decorative elements undisturbed. In others, the marble inlay flowers have been removed by looters and vandals. The tea house, though not in its historical state, is a functioning restaurant. The mosque and hamam are closed to the public, though one can catch peeks through the glass windows or marble lattice work. Walkways are left mostly in a crumbling state. Public toilets are available at the entrance and inside the park, but some are quite unsanitary.
The entrance through the Lahore Gate leads to a retail mall with jewellery and crafts stores. There is a museum of “blood paintings” depicting young Indian martyrs of the 20th century along with the story of their martyrdom. There is also an archaeological museum and an Indian war memorial museum.
The fort was the site of a December 2000 attack by terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba which killed two soldiers and one civilian in what was described in the media as an attempt to derail the India-Pakistan peace process in Kashmir.
(source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Fort)The Red Fort (Hindi: लाल क़िला, Urdu: لال قلعہ, usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Imperial Family of India. It also served as the ...
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