19 August 2018 - AMAZING NATURE


G'day folks,

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G'day folks,

Welcome to some interesting facts about a man who is known around the world. I admire him greatly. He has entertained and enlightened me for many years, and he is probably the most difficult person on earth to replace.

1. Sir David Attenborough was born on 8 May, 1926, in Isleworth, West London

The same year as Queen Elizabeth II!

2. He was raised on the campus of University College, Leicester

Now the University of Leicester, where his dad was principal.

 3. Sir David doesn’t count himself as an animal ‘lover’

But instead, says he has always been fascinated by them.

4. He’s thrifty! 

At 11 years old he struck a deal selling newts to University College, Leicester for 3d (3 pence) each. The newts only came from a pond 5m away from the university’s zoology department!

 5. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D.


6. He doesn’t own a car as he never passed his driving test

He’s also not keen on sending emails, and prefers receiving letters by fax or post.

7. During World War II his parents adopted two Jewish refugee girls from Europe. 

 8. There’s only one animal Sir David doesn’t like…


9. Sir David was rejected from the first job he ever applied for at the BBC 

The position of radio talk producer.

10. In 1947 he spent two years serving in the Royal Navy 

Based in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.

11. When Sir David got his first job in television, he didn’t even own a TV

Like most British people at the time!

12. His first programme, called Coelacanth, looked at the rediscovery of the coelacanth 

– a prehistoric fish.

  13. Sir David has more than ten plants and animals named after him

Such as the Nepenthes attenboroughii – a giant carnivorous plant that devours animals as large as rats – and the UK’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough.

14. In 1985 he received a knighthood

Granting him the title of Sir David Attenborough.

 15. He’s thought to be one of the most well-travelled people on the planet


For The Life of Birds documentary, he travelled a whopping 256,000 miles – that”s the same as travelling around the world ten times!


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G'day folks,

Welcome to some extraordinary moving pictures created by clever people.

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G'day folks,

Welcome to some facts about a creature that is very interesting to observe. 


Chimpanzees are black, but older individuals may have a grey back.  Both genders often have short white beards.  The ears are prominent.  Infants have a white tail tuft and pink to brown facial skin, which darkens by adulthood.

  • Chimpanzees have been shown to have their own individual personalities.
  • Chimpanzees behave in a way indicationg that they feel empathy.
  • Chimpanzees live in fluid social groups consisting of a core of multiple females and dominant related males, whom are highly territorial and will routinely patrol their home boundaries.  Females tend to live a more solitary life than the males, often choosing to spend much of their time alone with their offspring.
  • Chimpanzee infants are completely dependent on their mothers until about five years of age. When males are between the ages of 8-12 years, or adolescence, they will increase their independence and spend more time in the company of adult males. Females tend to remain close to their mothers during adolescence, becoming mature at age 11 but only beginning to breed at age 13-14.  On average females will have about three offspring during their lifetime.
  • Chimpanzees travel mostly on the ground but will mostly feed in trees during the day and make a new nest every night in the forest canopy to sleep.
  • Chimpanzees are classified as endangered in the wild. Aside from habitat loss they are hunted for bushmeat and infants taken for sale into the pet trade.
  • Chimpanzees have many different vocalizations from soft grunts and lip smacks to alarm barks and screams.  One of the most notable vocalizations is the pant hoot used in situations of increasing social excitement. Chimpanzees are also capable of learning basic human sign language.
  • Chimpanzees have opposable thumbs and toes that allow for grasping, climbing, and object manipulation. Chimpanzees are very dexterous and are able to manipulate objects in their environment in order to fashion and use tools.  These tools are usually used to obtain food sources. Sticks are used for termite fishing and ant dipping, leaf sponges to soak up water and, in West Africa, chimpanzees use specially chosen rocks to crack hard palm nuts, a behaviour that can take many years to perfect. Baby female chimps were recently discovered playing with sticks like human children play with dolls.
  • Their diet varies seasonally consisting mainly of fruit (~50-75%), but also leaves (~12-45%), flowers (~1-18%), seeds (~1-11%) and animal prey (~1-5%) such as grubs, termites, ants, wasps, birds and mammals including bush-pigs, duikers, rodents and even other primates.
  • In the Ivory Coast chimpanzees will hunt together cooperatively to catch red colobus monkeys, the meat is much prized and its subsequent sharing strengthens male alliances and familial bonds.

Similarities between Humans and Chimpanzees

  • We, Homo sapiens, share 98.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees.
  • Chimpanzees have the same bones and muscles as humans with differences only in form (e.g. their arms are longer than their legs). Adapted for quadrupedal movement and movement through the trees, chimpanzees have robust bodies and powerful arms. Because of their dense bones and muscle tissue, the upper body strength of a mature chimpanzee is 8-10 times that than that of humans
  • In response to our greater understanding of our close similarity to great apes in terms of their capacity for self recognition and their innate intelligence, a movement called The Great Ape Project, calls for certain civil rights to be granted to all great apes, including the right to life, liberty and freedom from torture.
  • Despite our increasing understanding of the significant similarity between humans and chimpanzees, humans continue to use chimpanzees in experiments, including experiments which cause them significant pain and suffering.

Clancy's comment: A very smart creature.

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