New York Lizards Lacrosse Announces 2019 Game Schedule
Season Tickets on Sale Today.Garden City, NY – November 29, 2018 – The New York Lizards, three-time Major League Lacrosse Steinfeld Cup Winners, today announced its 2019 game schedule, with an expanded season that begins the Friday after Memorial Day Weekend and running through September. Season tickets are now on sale at 855-NYLizards or at the NY Lizards website here. Early bird pricing is available through December 20, 2018.
The Lizards’ season will consist of eight home and eight away games, with home contests played at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
“A new schedule means the excitement of a new season, and it signals the true beginning of the new year as you map out your off-season and prepare,” said Lizards General Manager Joe Spallina. “Opening night is exciting but playing one of your biggest rivals adds another layer on top of everything that will be happening.
The home opener will take place on Friday, May 31 against the defending champion Denver Outlaws which will also feature the inaugural Police Athletic League (PAL) Cup game in which the top ranked middle school teams from Nassau and Suffolk Counties will play against each other before the game.
“Our 2018 season was a huge success and we’re looking forward to capitalizing on that in 2019,” said Jeffrey Rudnick, CEO of the New York Lizards. “Being a season ticket holder with the Lizards enables fans to take advantage of many great opportunities, including access to exclusive team events, pre-game meet and greets with the Lizards players, discounts on merchandise and clinics, and so much more.”
All early bird season ticket buyers will be entered into a raffle to win a weekly prize, such as an official Lizards helmet, a customized, authentic Lizards jersey, or an ultimate Lizards experience that includes being an honorary water boy/girl for opening night and a seat on the Lizards bench along with a custom replica jersey.
Game times for home games are subject to change and additional details regarding promotional events and group outings will be announced at a later date. Scheduling is provided by GotPro, the official scheduling partner of MLL.
About New York Lizards
The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) were founded in 2001 as one of the original six franchises. Formerly the Long Island Lizards, the team won the Steinfeld Cup in its inaugural season, 2001, as well as in 2003, and 2015. The New York Lizards are owned by majority owner Medallion Financial Corp, Vice Chairman, Richard Mack, and other investors. In the upcoming 2019 season, the Lizards will play all eight of their home games at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.NYLizards.com.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in 2001 and its nineteenth season will begin May 31, 2019. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, and the Ohio Machine.
STX Releases Football Helmet for Lacrosse – In Lacrosse We Trust
Noggin protection is a HUGE topic throughout athletics currently. In American football (and Canadian), the players are continuing to get bigger, faster and stronger earlier on in their playing days. No matter the type or depth of equipment, players colliding at those rates are bound to take impact injuries.
Lacrosse and hockey are a little different. Field lacrosse leaves tons of space to maneuver around opponents, and the open style of play leaves room for plays and clears to actually happen.
Hockey and indoor lacrosse are different, because fighting is allowed, as well as the fact that checks against the boards are considered ‘double-impacts’—your brain bounces when the opponent hits you, and AGAIN when you collide with the boards. Smaller spaces also mean more chances for collision.
Last year, Cascade released their ‘R’ series. Bringing lateral displacement to lacrosse, the sleeker design causes impacts to disperse throughout the shell and around the head.
One of the best parts of the helmet is that it’s lightweight. In football, you’re mostly looking forward, for blitzes, offensive packages, opponents, the direction you’re running, etc.
Hockey is more dynamic because you can move any direction (and on fast breaks, that’s limited by skating momentum).
Keep all this in mind as I now introduce to you the STX Stallion helmet, released to LaxWorld Denver and other retailers around the nation.
Aesthetically, looks neat. Comparable in shell design to the Warrior T-II and Regulator. Instead of a horizontal fin on the back, it’s a vertical one.
Though the lighting is poor, look very closely at the top row of the face mask. It cuts off very far in the front, and after wearing the helmet, I found it drastically cuts off your peripheral vision.
However, there are TONS of vents.
As much as we agree or disagree on tilt, it’s a growing trend in the sport amongst players to tilt their helmets as forward/low as possible. With this football-designed face mask, that’s not as much of an option. The top row has “protective bars” that start to cut off your forward vision. So, you can’t see out the sides or the front, are we supposed to wear this backwards?
Never judge a book by its cover. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
In the NLL and other indoor leagues, I really do think this could be a great advancement in head injury prevention. Just the ways the game is played in the rink would call for better head protection and more padding. There aren’t as many players as on a field at once, so less head swiveling to pay attention to them. (That statement is probably entirely inaccurate.
In field lacrosse, I honestly truly don’t see the need for this. Players aren’t colliding head-to-head every play, building up momentum, suspense, power, etc. Lacrosse is dynamic and all directions.
By the way, the helmet starts at/around $250.
Overall, STX is a great company; one of the firsts around the medicine game. This is a great helmet with great protection. I think it was a stupendous idea on paper, and poor in physicality.
Overall Grade: B –
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New York Lizards are ready to roll with eyes firmly planted on championship
The Big Apple’s big-boy lacrosse team, the New York Lizards, are ready to roll with both eyes firmly planted on a Major League Lacrosse title.
Winning a championship is the objective for every professional sports franchise, but in some cases, it’s the mission statement. In the case of the New York Lizards, the goal for each Major League Lacrosse season is to put a championship caliber team on the field and provide their fans with a first class experience on gamedays.
In other words, excellence from top to bottom both on and off the field is the objective.
So after just missing the playoffs last year and three seasons removed from winning the 2015 MLL title, the Lizards were hard at work during the off-season in putting together a roster that will compete for the Steinfeld Cup.
With the season and home opener against the Denver Outlaws on Saturday April 21 at Hofstra just a couple of weeks away, the Lizards have their eyes on the prize.
“We are very excited with the additions we made during the off-season,” said Lizards CEO Jeff Rudnick. “Our plan is to always minimize any “rebuilding period,” so we try to get a good mix of veterans and younger players. ”
With a roster that already includes Paul Rabil, considered by many to be the best player in the world and the face of the sport, along with other stars like Rob Pannell, Joe Walters and Will Manny, the Lizards made some key offseason acquisitions like face-off specialist Brendan Fowler, a Long Island native who has some big shoes to fill after the retirement of Greg “The Beast” Gurenlian.
The Lizards added 2017 MLL All-Star Mike Bocklet to the rosters. He comes over from the Denver Outlaws where has been one of the top scorers in the league and led the Outlaws to a championship in 2016. Also, the Lizards acquired defenseman Matt Landis in a trade with the Boston Cannons and they selected 13 players in the MLL Supplemental Draft including former University of Maryland defenseman Greg Danseglio who played 12 games for Rochester last season.
Training camp got underway this past weekend including a 23-7 victory over Team Israel in a pre-season game so the 2018 Lizards are officially open for business.
“The first week of training camp went really well,” said General Manager and Head Coach Joe Spallina. “The guys were motivated and the stick skills looked great. Last season didn’t end the way we wanted and it is great to see that everyone stayed motivated through the off-season.”
Spallina is the architect of a roster that returns a large number of players from last season’s club that was in contention for a playoff spot right down to the final game of the season. There are some new faces, but the Lizards head into the new season with continuity as a major attribute.
It’s early, but the Lizards are off to a great start in preparing for the season on both ends of the field.
“Offensively, it was great to see the way the ball was moving and there was less dodging and passing,” said Spallina. “Defensively, the results were similar. We have so many MLL quality defensemen so the intensity and attention was the best I’ve seen this early. ”
With one more week of training camp until the regular season begins, the Lizards have high expectations in 2018. The feeling is that this is a team that will be fun to watch, win a lot of games, and be among the teams that will have a great chance to win it all.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
“We’re super excited,” said superstar midfielder Paul Rabil, who was a part of the Lizards’ 2015 championship team. “Our coaches and front office did a great job acquiring talent this offseason and that will add a ton of value in 2018. As with probably every other team in MLL, our goal and expectation for ourselves is to win a championship.”
With three MLL championships on the franchise’s resume, the Lizards have provided fans on the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island with plenty of thrills and excitement over the years. They play their home games at Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University, an iconic lacrosse venue in the Northeast that has hosted many NCAA Tournament games over the years.
“The intimacy level at Shuart Stadium makes for a great experience for the fans and definitely helps us with a home field advantage,” said Rudnick.
While the Lizards’ coaches and players will be hard at work winning games on the field, the Lizards’ staff has been preparing to make the gameday experience for the fans second to none once they enter the stadium. The Lizards have put together some special promotional nights including a Lizards schedule magnet giveaway to the first 1,000 fans on opening night April 21 against Denver at 7 p.m. ET and a bobblehead night on May 6 when the Lizards host Atlanta at 5 p.m. ET.
But the bobblehead will not be a Lizards player. The Lizards have planned what they’re calling a “mystery bobblehead” night. What the Lizards did was contact pro and college teams from around the country to see if they had any excess bobbleheads from their own giveaway nights that they would be willing to send.
“We had a great response from so many and we are now going to be giving out a bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans at the game,” said Rudnick. “There are a lot of fun and cool bobbleheads that we received, so we are really excited about this giveaway.”
The atmosphere for Lizards home games makes for a fun evening for all fans. From the time you’re greeted at the main gate by the Lizards Dancers and staff to the interactive experiences, to the pomp and circumstance of pre-game introductions, it’s a great night for families, youth lacrosse teams and other groups to take in a game featuring some of the best players in the world.
There are even special perks to being a season ticket holder whether it’s in the stadium seating area or in on-field VIP seating like the Diamond Club and Coaches Club that includes food and drink.
“With such limited premium seating at the venue, the season ticket holder knows they will never get shut out from getting the best seats in the house,” said Rudnick. “They also receive exclusive player meet and greets, a special entrance to the stadium, discounts on merchandise, camps, clinics, and other special events we put on. ”
The New York Lizards enter each and every MLL season with the objective of winning a championship. With a returning group of players that won three of their last four games last season and just missed the playoffs along with an exciting group of new faces, the Lizards enter the 2018 season with a lot of expectations and excitement.
The ultimate objective is hoisting the Steinfeld Cup for the fourth time in franchise history.
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Halyna Hutchins’ husband hires wrongful death lawyer
‘Rust’ shooting: Sheriff says Alec Baldwin, others cooperating
Authorities in Santa Fe gave an update about the investigation into the deadly shooting on the movie set of “Rust,” which involved Alec Baldwin.
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The husband of late “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has hired wrongful death attorneys as law enforcement continues to investigate the film’s fatal prop gun accident that left Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza injured.
Matthew Hutchins retained legal counsel from Los Angeles-based Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi LLP, the law firm’s representative Jaclyn Vazquez confirmed to USA TODAY on Wednesday. Brian Panish will act as lead lawyer.
Although the firm wouldn’t provide further comment on Hutchins’ legal plans, it specializes in personal injury, wrongful death litigation and business litigation, according to its website.
Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot on Oct. 21 after star Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the Western. A helicopter transported Hutchins to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Souza, 48, was transported via ambulance to Christus St. Vincent’s hospital and later released.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin tweeted a day after the shooting.
Here’s everything we know about the fatal prop gun misfire and ensuing investigation.
Armorer’s lawyers claim possible ‘sabotage’
On Wednesday, the lawyers for set armorer Hannah Gutierrez – one of two people to handle the firearm before Baldwin – suggested that someone may have intended to “sabotage” the set with the live bullet.
“We know there was a live round in a box of dummy rounds that shouldn’t have been there,” attorney Jason Bowles said in a “Today” show interview. “We have people who had left the set, who had walked out because they were disgruntled. We have a time frame between 11 (a.m.) and 1 (p.m.), approximately, that day, in which the firearms at times were unattended, so there was opportunity to tamper with this scene.”
According to attorney Robert Gorence, the prop ammunition was left in a truck “that was completely unattended at all times, giving someone access and opportunity.” NBC News has not verified these allegations.
During the two hours that the firearms were allegedly left unattended, Gutierrez was not handling the guns, Gorence added. Instead, the gun was handed to assistant director Dave Halls.
“She had another duty and responsibility as key props assistant, and so she had gone to do that, right after she had provided the handgun to Mr. Halls,” Gorence said. “So Mr. Halls took custody of the weapon and at that point she was doing her other duties as key prop assistant.”
Gutierrez, Halls and Baldwin are all cooperating with the sheriff’s office.
Assistant director Dave Halls breaks silence on shooting
On Monday, Halls broke his silence on the incident in a statement to the New York Post.
“I’m shocked and saddened by her death,” he said. “It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to re-evaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.”
Halls didn’t provide details on what he thinks might be reformed or how changes might have helped avoid what happened on the set of “Rust.”
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Halls’ attorney Lisa Torraco called the incident a “freak accident” and raised doubts about who handed Baldwin the gun on set.
“This idea that my client grabbed the gun off of a prop cart and handed it to Mr. Baldwin absolutely did not happen,” she said. But Torraco appeared to backpedal on this statement when pressed by host Martha MacCallum, refusing to give a direct answer when repeatedly asked if Halls was the last person to touch the gun before handing it to Baldwin. USA TODAY has reached out to Torraco for clarification.
“Expecting an assistant director to check a firearm is like telling the assistant director to check the camera angle,” Torraco told MacCallum. “That’s not the assistant director’s job.”
Could Alec Baldwin be charged? Who is liable in Halyna Hutchins’ death? Legal experts weigh in
Armorer has ‘no idea where the live round came from,’ lawyers say
Gutierrez spoke out for the first time Friday, saying she “has no idea where the live rounds came from,” according to a statement to USA TODAY from her lawyers, Bowles and Gorence.
“Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set. Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced,” the statement read. The lawyers also claim Gutierrez “has never had an accidental discharge,” noting “the first one on this set was the prop master and the second was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks.”
The statement added: “Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer. She fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. This was not the fault of Hannah.”
Gutierrez also offered her condolences to the Hutchins family and said she was “devastated” and “completely beside herself” over the incident.
Officials say a ‘live round’ killed Halyna Hutchins
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the “actual lead projectile that was fired” had been recovered from Souza’s shoulder and is believed to be from a “live round” discharged by Baldwin on the set.
Speaking at a Oct. 27 news conference, Sheriff Adan Mendoza said his office believes the projectile that injured Souza is from the same “live round” that killed Hutchins.
“I think the facts are clear. A weapon was handed to Mr. Baldwin. The weapon is functional, and fired a live round, killing Ms. Hutchins and injuring Mr. Souza,” Mendoza said.
As to how a live round was placed and not discovered in the .45 Long Colt revolver that Baldwin was using for the Western, Mendoza said the investigation is continuing. There was a small number of people directly nearby during the incident, and there was “no footage” of the rehearsal. The sheriff’s office is continuing to interview the roughly 100 people who worked on the movie set.
Mendoza said hundreds of rounds recovered on the “Rust” set were a mixture of “blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting were live rounds.”
District attorney says ‘all options are on the table’
The sheriff also responded to unconfirmed reports that the prop guns had been used in off hours for target practice.
“We are aware of those statements and we are investigating whether or not that is true,” Mendoza said. “And I would encourage anybody that has any information that any target practicing or any firearm was discharged away from the movie set or for practice or for whatever reason to contact the sheriff’s office.”
Mendoza said Baldwin, 63, is “obviously the person that fired the weapon” and is “an active part of the investigation.”
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies would not rule out charges being brought against Baldwin, the film’s star and a producer. “All options are on the table at this point. We cannot answer that question yet.”
“No one has been ruled out at this point,” Carmack-Altwies said.
Gun safety protocols are rigid on film and TV sets. This ‘should never have happened.’
An affidavit from the sheriff’s office revealed Gutierrez told investigators that on the day of the incident, she checked the “dummies” and ensured there were not “hot” rounds in the firearm.
Gutierrez added that as the crew broke for lunch, the firearms were taken back and secured inside a safe on a set “prop truck.” During the lunch break, she stated the ammo was left on a cart and not secured.
Gutierrez said no live ammo was “ever kept” on the set, according to the affidavit.
Assistant director admits he did not properly check prop gun
The affidavit said that Halls recalled seeing the firearm before continuing the rehearsal.
When asked about safety protocols, he told investigators: “I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she (Hannah) opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say ‘cold gun’ on set,” indicating a weapon that doesn’t contain ammunition.
In this case, the affidavit said, Hall “could only remember seeing three rounds. He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum.”
Halls “advised the incident was not a deliberate act,” according to the warrant.
‘Rust’ assistant director says he did not properly inspect gun given to Alec Baldwin: Affidavit
Director Joel Souza recalls graphic details of misfire
Souza has given the most complete explanation over what happened in the fatal shooting.
According to a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office affidavit, Baldwin, sitting in a church pew, was rehearsing drawing his weapon “and pointing his revolver towards the camera lens” during the church-setting rehearsal.
Souza said he was “concentrated on the monitors” standing beside Hutchins viewing the camera angle as they prepared for the first scene to be shot after a lunch break.
Souza said he heard what “sounded like a whip and then loud pop” and heard Hutchins “complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection.”
Hutchins “began to stumble backwards and was assisted to the ground,” Souza told police. Souza was bleeding from his own injury to the shoulder.
Souza told investigators that, prior to Baldwin being handed the gun, Halls had described it as a “cold gun.” The film’s director said there should “never be live rounds whatsoever near or around the film set.”
He said that guns on set were checked first by Gutierrez and again by Halls, who would hand the firearms to the actor using them.
After the crew returned to the set after the lunch break, Souza said he was “not sure if the firearm was checked again.”
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Who was killed by the prop gun?
Born in Ukraine, Hutchins previously served as director of cinematography for the 2020 action film “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello, who paid tribute to the “absolutely incredible talent.”
According to her website, she grew up on the Soviet base in the Arctic Circle and was “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines.” She received a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine, worked on British documentary productions in Europe and graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015. She was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019. Hutchins is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, with whom she had a son.
Since her death, tributes from Hollywood have poured in. The International Cinematographers Guild, the union to which Hutchins belonged, started a GoFundMe to help raise funds for her family.
The fundraiser’s initial goal was set for $10,000 by ICG Local 600 but more than $240,000 has been raised.
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Reports of unsafe practices by David Halls, Hannah Gutierrez surface
In the wake of the “Rust” accident, past colleagues of Halls and Gutierrez have come forward with allegations about unsafe practices on past productions.
Maggie Goll, an IATSE Local 44 prop maker, said in a statement that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s 2019 anthology series “Into the Dark” over concerns about Halls’ behavior on the set. In an email to The Associated Press, Goll said Halls disregarded safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics and tried to continue filming after a crew member “slipped into a diabetic fugue state.”
During work on “Into the Dark,” she said, Halls didn’t hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a firearm to the crew on the set, as is protocol. The assistant prop master admonished Halls several times for dismissing the actors and actresses before they had returned weapons to the props table, she said.
“The only reason the crew was made aware of a weapon’s presence was because the assistant prop master demanded Dave acknowledge and announce the situation each day,” she wrote. “To my knowledge, nothing was done after my complaints.”
Before working on “Rust,” Gutierrez, who also goes by Hannah Reed, experienced her first job as head armorer on the set of the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie “The Old Way.” CNN reported the claims of two crew members from the film, who said Gutierrez had mishandled firearms on the set.
Stu Brumbaugh, the key grip for “The Old Way,” said he reported Gutierrez to the film’s assistant director seeking to get her fired for reckless behavior, which included shooting a firearm near Cage without warning.
“Make an announcement! You just blew my (expletive) eardrums out!” Cage screamed, according to Brumbaugh.
“There’s a universal way to handle weapons on set and immediately red flags went up when I worked with Hannah,” Brumbaugh told CNN. “This is why I asked for her dismissal.”
“This is why people get injured because of rookie mistakes,” he said.
Gutierrez is the daughter of Thell Reed, a quick-draw exhibition shooter and gun coach for stars who worked on films such as “Tombstone” and “The Quick and the Dead,” according to his IMDB profile.
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‘Rust’ crew members had walked off set to protest working conditions
Half a dozen crew members reportedly walked off the set of “Rust” in protest of working conditions hours before Hutchins was killed.
A camera crew member anonymously told The Associated Press that those working on the film raised concerns about several problems, ranging from safety procedures to their housing accommodations.
Prop gun death at Alec Baldwin film ‘Rust’ isn’t the first accident on a movie set
The Los Angeles Times and Deadline reported that, hours before the fatal incident, members of the “Rust” camera crew walked off the job in protest and, per the LA Times, were replaced with nonunion crew members soon after. The outlets also noted at least two previous misfires on a prop gun on set days before.
In a statement to the outlets, Rust Movie Productions LLC said the “safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company.”
IATSE Local 44, a union of prop makers and other craft persons who work within the entertainment industry, sent a message to their members that was obtained by USA TODAY confirming that no Local 44 members were on the set at the time of the shooting.
‘Rust’ crew walked off set to protest working conditions hours before cinematographer death, reports say
Will ‘Rust’ continue filming?
Filming for “Rust” was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office, but production has been halted amid the ongoing investigation.
“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” Rust Movie Productions LLC, said in a statement obtained by Deadline and the New York Times. “We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”
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Contributing: Amy Haneline, Jenna Ryu and Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press90,000 mutant lizards are driven out of the sewers :: Society :: RBK
Gullible residents of the city of the yellow devil got caught in the next draw.They believed that there are mutant lizards in the sewers, which are painstakingly plagued by caring authorities …
This story goes back to the distant sixties, when it was popular among Americans to have various reptiles as pets.Lizards were especially popular, the demand for which reached unprecedented proportions in the sixties. However, after a while, the fashion for them passed, and many lizard owners let their pets down the drain. It was then that the belief arose that these same lizards turned into mutants who now occupied the sewer systems of New York.
A group of pranksters decided to test how strong all sorts of beliefs are in New Yorkers. An action was held under the slogan “Down with the lizards from the sewers!”In several districts of the city, “brigades” of diggers were sent, who placed signs near the sewer manholes “Caution! There is a process of smoking lizards from the sewer! ” Passers-by were told that workers use special sprays that kill mutated reptiles so that the city’s population can live in peace.
Most New Yorkers and visitors to the city bought into this joke. Passers-by asked the diggers with interest about how dangerous the mutated lizards are, and what to do if an unexpected meeting with this representative of the fauna occurs.They also expressed their approval of the actions of the city authorities, not for a moment doubting that smoking the lizards was just a hoax.
Khatanga – Tiksi – Planet Sports blog07/13/2020
We are publishing the following story from a series of stories about restless travelers who overcome hundreds of kilometers under the wings of kites in the Far North of Russia.
Participants of the hike: Dmitry Botov, Konstantin Epishin
Dmitry Botov reports.
It has become a good tradition to spend several days on Lake Onega after the next season. In early May, a massive flight of flocks of goose goes over our camp at the Murom Monastery. Lying in tents, we listened to the whistle of their wings and business cackling, and during the day we observed wedges flying at different heights. Wild geese …
This is how the summer began and passed, and, as always, it was time to get ready for the tundra in the fall.We started to prepare the equipment and lay out the layout. Experience has shown that the drag is good with a weight of up to fifty kilograms, that is, with a hike of no more than a month. A more serious weight already required the use of a sled for towing. And for that season, we flattered ourselves with the hope of reaching from Khatanga to the Russian mouth, respectively, and the starting weight pulled one centner to the cart.
Argon welding master Konstantin welded an excellent construction, which we tested at the opening of the season at Beloye Lake.I, on the other hand, contributed to the future success by the decision to prepare a better quality stew on my own and, having vacuumized it, send everything by parcel to Khatanga. By March, we gradually prepared all our belongings, which included sled parts, kites, a tent, cereals, pasta, cheese, butter, stew, puffs, sleeping bags, burners, etc. The luggage consisted of eight boxes of different sizes. Thanks to our benefactor Oleg Nekhoroshev: with his efforts and money, all this was sent to Khatanga by the transport company.
We must also remember another good person who helped us with finances every year. This is Andrey Smirnov. True, remembering him, we must take off our cap with sorrow: he left us untimely. The kingdom of heaven to you, Andrew. And then he, without any requests from our side, helped with tickets, connecting through his company the girls from the air agencies, who selected convenient options for us.
And so, when the tickets had already been bought, and we were preparing for departure, it turned out that some of our luggage had been lost somewhere in the vastness of Siberia.Moreover, it was difficult to understand what had come and what had to be hastily duplicated. Retreating is not our style, but we had to endure several days of mild panic. In addition to the fact that the departure dates were shifted, news came from Khatanga about a not very pleasant smell from some of the boxes. Apparently, our luggage was delayed in not the coolest place. The genius of the stew solution was beginning to raise doubts. All these bitter pills were sweetened by the news that two more boxes were found and safely delivered to the addressee. So, with a touch of light excitement in my soul, by a support group, we were put on a plane and expelled from St. Petersburg with wishes of good luck.
In Norilsk, we occupied the same sofas in the waiting room as a year ago and began to wait for the flight to Khatanga. The plane to our destination was half packed with boxes of food from passengers on our flight, most of which were boxes of eggs. Here we live here in an abundance of this product and do not even imagine what value it is for the inhabitants of that region, although if you read Jack London …
The weather was amazing: the air was without haze, and the sky was without clouds.The flight flew over the Putorana, my dream stretched right below me. As a result, my nose was badly damaged, flattened against the porthole during two hours of contemplation. In Khatanga we were met by Vera, Alexei’s daughter. Thanks again to this wonderful family. We were given an apartment, given the previously ordered six kilograms of minced deer and eight boxes of our luggage. The luggage was stored in the garage at minus thirty or forty degrees, so the condition of the stew was not a cause for concern. There was no smell.
We got busy with the farm: we had to overcook the minced meat and pack up the entire product by day, as well as collect the sleigh and divide all our cargo.After a couple of hours of work, when the luggage warmed up a little, it came to the understanding that we no longer have stewed meat and there is still nothing to pack. I think the dogs from the local garbage dump did not know such a feast yet. In their favor, several kilograms of stew were transferred and immediately delivered to their place of residence. We rushed to the shops, realizing that the closure was coming soon. It was then that the evening frost made us understand WHERE we arrived. There were clearly not enough sweaters and puffs, the frost quickly overcame these obstacles and crept up to our carcasses.I wanted to run, but there was no way to vigorously gasp for air. Space! So this is how steel is tempered! It is necessary to lower from the warm to the cold! An hour later, already hardened, with two boxes of canned stew, some pieces of iron from a local auto shop, in the clouds of frosty air, we broke into our apartment. Oh god, from tomorrow we will live there! No, not in an apartment, but behind a solid building.
Things are done sometime, and now we are ready to start.Morning came, and we closed our eyes and jumped onto the route. There was no wind, and we walked briskly on foot along the snowmobile track down Khatanga. An hour later we even managed to get warm, and our bodies were briskly stirring under the layers of clothes covered with frost. In such frost, the snow becomes rough, and the sled does not slide even downhill. But the extra load was good, it warmed me up. So the day passed, the sun went over the horizon, and the thought of climbing into the tent froze blood.
And here we are in the tent, the rays from the lanterns hardly break through the fog from our breath, and the pump from the primus cannot create the required pressure in the burner reservoir.Our recently warm little bodies are slowly starting to cool down. The pump piston has shrunk from frost, no compression. We take out another gasket from the zip and, after warming up, we make a replacement. With the appearance of the flame, there is hope for a future life! “Kostya, let’s have some tea!”
In the morning – a new test. A light western breeze has appeared, you need to somehow put on your boots … From the frost, the usually soft plastic turned into alloy steel. After a long warm-up on a primus stove, after showing each other all sorts of grimaces and grins, we are coping with this task.In a day, a dead winding nevertheless allows us to overcome forty kilometers. The prospect of spending the night in a tent is no longer so scary, it looks like we are starting to settle down. By the time we reached Novorybnoye, I still pretty much froze my face. But Kostya is handsome, even if only henna! In Novorybnoye, according to Alexei’s tattoo, we were taken to the post, where we dried ourselves and warmed up until the morning. Further along the Khatanga Bay we reached the mouth of the Popigai and moved up the river. It got a little warmer until twenty-five, visibility disappeared in the gray haze, and a rather cheerful breeze blew out.In the morning they even started with eights with the subsequent replacement for elevenths.
A couple of days later in the evening we very successfully jumped out to the reindeer breeders’ camp, where they received beams and a lump of coal for use. The Dolgans, unlike other peoples of the north, wander not with plagues, but with beams placed on runners. The next day was not flying, we were able to enjoy the spectacle of catching deer, which were snatched from the common herd with lassos. We spent two evenings in the company of nomads for interesting conversations, we were treated to venison, but we answered with fragrant custard coffee and jam from our reserves.
Contrary to all forecasts, from the second evening the west suddenly blew out, which did not subside at night and whistled us out of the camp in the morning. The day was a success, we crossed the border of Yakutia and in the evening in the tent we added a couple of tablespoons of Karelian balsam to our tea. The balm was relied on according to the established tradition: if you passed a hundred – get it!
Now I don’t remember how many days passed until that evening when we suddenly turned sour thirteen kilometers from the Anabar weather station. The sun was getting ready to dive over the horizon, we began to prepare a site for a tent, but we were in no hurry to put it up, something held back, although everything said that it was time! Chuika did not disappoint, a smooth breeze blew out, the way to Anabar was open.In the coming twilight, on the opposite bank, about three kilometers away, we made out the buildings of the meteorological station. In the fading wind, we raked to the target. And here a warm welcome awaited us.
Inhabitants of the station Dmitry and his wife Svetlana kept everything in perfect order. Cleanliness everywhere was like on a warship. Everything was painted, washed and put in place. The only objects that did not correspond to this order of things were us. Nevertheless, we were cordially launched into this temple of purity.We were fed, watered, and housed. Sveta, despite being busy with her direct duties as a meteorologist, managed to show her culinary talents in the kitchen. The third inhabitant of the meteorological station was Dmitry’s brother, he came to work there only in the fall, but he had already quite got used to it. In addition, one old, well-deserved husky was allowed to live in the house with several cats, and two dogs lived on the street. A healthy and angry Blackie sat on a chain during the guests’ stay, and a cheerful and smiling Shustrik cut circles around the station on the tundra.
The next morning, a counter overdose blew, and this, as subsequent events showed, was a great success. Due to the bad weather, it was decided to take a bathhouse, and at the same time charge all our devices and carry out minor repairs. For the batteries, the Khatanga frosts were not in vain, we were moving in conditions of strict energy savings, so recharging was very useful. Examining the sled, we found numerous breaks in the welds. The metal could not withstand the multi-day jumps on the sastrugs; prolonged vibrations led to the breakdown of the structure.While the sled was still holding on. The luck was that if we started in the morning, the destruction of the sleigh could have happened about fifty kilometers from here with all that it implies. A counter-overdose can be helpful. A way out of the situation had to be found urgently. The factor of northern mutual assistance worked again. On the farm, Dmitry found both sheet black steel and old water pipes. Everything from the necessary tools was here. We got into use a grinder and discs for metal, a welding machine and electrodes, a drilling machine and drills.Our technical meeting with Konstantin consisted of only one question: “Are we making the structure rigid or not?” The experience of constructing Nenets sledges suggested that there should be no rigid knots. Everything, in the morning to work!
For the next two days, a charming west blew, which mentally threw us two hundred and twenty kilometers to the east. The reality was that we, in sheaves of sparks and glare of welding, both days, without raising our heads, marked, cut, tried on and cooked. To provide us with additional electricity, a standby diesel generator was launched.In the excitement of the work being done, I did not notice how the warm leggings were burnt out by a stream of sparks from the grinder. But nothing darkened the triumph, on the evening of the second day new sledges rolled into the yard, we regained hope to continue moving. And the setting was reminiscent of the presentation to the general public of a new car from Ferrari.
It was not possible to jerk off in the morning because of the wind, the next day did not bring the expected either. But at the first opportunity we jumped into the road. The umbilical cord had to be torn, and, despite the late hour, having warmly said goodbye to the owners, we moved north to the mouth of the Uele.
It was getting dark … Due to the resulting shortage of batteries, we decided to move up the river, adhering to its valley, without turning on the GPS-ku. Our path lay from the mouth to the east, and the weather was clear these days and it was easy to navigate. Further along the plain with a wonderful surface, we turned north and reached the Buolkalaha valley.
When it was about ten kilometers to Olenka, we rolled down the high banks onto the ice of the river. It was then that the first bell rang. Strong winds periodically blew sand onto the surface of the snow from the islands of the floodplain, and we often flew into such pennies from acceleration.In the evening we rolled out onto the Olenka ice and, together with the calming wind, began to settle for the night. The smooth blowing of snow on the ice served as the foundation of our house. There were seven kilometers left to the Ust-Olenek weather station …
In the morning fordewind we quickly rolled to the houses on the high bank. Despite the recent breakfast, we certainly did not refuse the offer of a snack. During a warm conversation, Stroganina from Olenek omul melted in my mouth. Hearing what heroic men we are, we really showed a heroic appetite.After a hearty meal, we rolled out onto the porch and looked around Olenka’s expanses. At this point he was already crossing into the sea. The breeze did not stop and called on. Saying goodbye with gratitude, we rolled down to the river. We straightened the kites and moved first to the north-west and then, having rounded the cape, headed east, towards the waters of the Lena. A thaw with a very strong wind was predicted to be expected. Until the evening we had to move in conditions of strong turbulence, since on the leeward side we were blocked by the spurs of the Chekanovsky ridge.
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The next day it really got warmer, and the wind crossed the line. We harnessed to the strings and continued on the ice of the Olenek Bay. In the afternoon we came across a spacious brand new girder, in which we decided to wait out the oncoming storm. The doors were turned upside down by a strong wind, but a couple of hours of work – and the door was in place, and the apartment itself was cleared of snow and even swept out. A long bench was located along the walls.Having occupied opposite corners, we began to settle down. We melted a potbelly stove, hung everything we could to dry, including the tent. The intensifying wind beat furiously with its shoulder against the wall of our citadel. There was a small lake just below, so we drank water from delicious ice, and not from tasteless snow.
By the evening of the next day, the illusion of the possibility of our moving on appeared, the wind weakened and became pulsating. We drove off several kilometers and more and more often began to catch periods of calm.At the same time, the forecast still frightened us with an overdose. To the annoyance of the restless Constantine, I decided to return to the beams. And at night the promised thing came. A furious wind with rain pounced on our shelter. Wonders! How long have we barely warmed up at minus twenty-five? In the afternoon, when the rain stopped, we measured the wind, the anemometer showed 21 m / s. When the wind was also slightly subdued, we decided to test experimental stormtroopers. Kostya was preparing for the start, and I helped him as much as I could. And so the tests began … “Who said that teleportation is a fantasy?” – I thought, looking at the empty place where Kostya had just stood.Now its location was about three hundred meters from here on the ice of the bay. Yes, the day is really bad! The further start was again postponed until the morning.
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By the beginning of the next day, winter returned again, frost came, and the breeze carried us further east. The movement was slow, but confident. We would have rolled on like this if I hadn’t ruined this idyll. Wanting to shorten the way, we decided to cut off a promontory that jutted into the sea.The coastal strip was littered with a fin sticking out from under the snow. It seemed to me that I had found a convenient passage in this chaos, but the sled was still jammed. There would be no way to unfasten them, roll out into a clean space, park the kite, return to the sleigh, get them out of the jam, buckle up again and go! “But no, now I’ll jerk harder and pull out the sled,” a self-confident thought came to my head. Where was my discretion ?! Swing the eighteenth wing, jerk, flight, crackle, blow, another slap, silence … So … I see… I breathe … I think I’m still with us. Damn, my leg hurts! The kite is out! When managed? Why am I not strapped to the sled? Where are they? U .., I flew far away!
“Then we began to count wounds, to count comrades.” The right thigh was completely knocked off, the slalom ski of the sleigh was broken, the back handle of the harness was torn out with meat, “but otherwise, a beautiful marquise …”. “Yes, yes, Kostya, you say everything correctly!” So, okay, that’s not a reason to stop. The broken ski scratches the ice, but the sled can go. With the help of auxiliary beaters, it was possible to restore the connection of the harness with the shafts.The leg, if not bent, agreed to work further.
Yystannakh-Khocho is waiting for us. In the evening, having chosen from the proposed the most decent hotel, we settled down in the ruins of this village for exiles. We replaced the ski track on the sleigh. I fumbled over the repulsed thigh muscle. Dinner, sleep, breakfast and a hiking start along the Laptev Sea coast. Riviera! We walked on flat ice, covered with an even layer of frost, asking the heavens: “Why is there no wind to such a surface ?!”. On the right a monotonous ridge stretched, in front of them the islands of the Lena delta began to appear, on the left to the horizon – Laptev ice.
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The second bell rang, again began to come across areas of applied sand. We waved about ten kilometers when a dashing Toyota came towards us. We got acquainted with the crew. In the conversation, it turned out that sands extend for many kilometers further and even the ice of the Olenek channel is heavily swept by sand. Our interlocutors reported that twenty kilometers further at night there was a heavy snowfall, and before a strong wind rose, you can slip through the snow.I got answers what kind of blackouts I saw in the images from space when I worked out the route. They were sands. The guys offered to take us to the snowfall zone, of course, we agreed. This is pruha! Quickly unloading their luggage, the guys threw ours. Forward!
While riding in the Cruiser, I realized that there are several places on earth where kiting is impossible. These are the Gobi, Sahara and Atacama deserts, the Amazon jungle, the center of New York and the Lena delta. The islands lay flush with the ice and during the wind they covered everything around with sand, and the sand was fine as powder.And indeed, twenty kilometers later we drove up to the Chay-Tumusakh cordon through the white snow. They disembarked and were invited to dine at the cordon, than God sent. Our saviors handed us over to the guardians of the cordon and, having turned around, rushed off to their belongings. Further, a pass awaited them somewhere on the way to their native village of Taymalyr.
Again, unexpected help came to us from the people of the North. Having thanked the rangers of the cordon, we plunged into the intricate labyrinth of the delta channel. It would seem that what a difference which one to go, but, oddly enough, each had its own coverage.Those to the south had more sand under the snow, and the sand all the time strove to grab you by the skis at full gallop. The more northern ones abounded with high sastruga. Sometimes, confused, we just turned on the navigator and burst straight across the islands. So after digging for a couple of days and finishing with the sands, we got to the Bolshaya Tumatskaya channel. We turned north along it, anticipating our triumphant appearance at the Arctic research center on Samoilovsky Island.
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And then the buildings appeared, and we shortened the distance with a comfortable wind. The channels parked on the ice and slowly headed towards the modern buildings. The station had everything: its own boiler room, cold and hot water supply, sewerage system, satellite communications, and fast internet. But apparently we did not appear there at a good hour. The chief was clearly not up to us. Confused, he rushed about the station, dealing with his problems. There are a lot of such people wandering around the tundra! From the nishtyaks, we got the password to the Internet, which we used.Again they returned to their tundra and rushed east to the main channel of the Lena. What an impressive picture awaited us further!
Above the vast expanse was the handsome island Pillar. Witness for thousands of millennia. It was once the bottom of the ocean. An inconceivable tectonic force was raised to a dizzying height, becoming, in the future, the bank of a huge ancient river. Under the influence of natural forces, the rocks around collapsed, but he survived and witnessed the life of trilobites, mesosaurs, dinosaurs, diplodocus.But quite recently, for example, fellow mammoths died out because of some nonsense that he did not even notice. And now, it’s ridiculous to say, two insignificant insects rushed past, apchhi! But the insects were breathtaking from what they saw.
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After a few kilometers, the insects again felt like people and drove up to the Khabarov meteorological station, aka Sokol. We put out the kites and went to get acquainted, climbing the mountain. Still, the influence of German scientists negatively affected the attitude towards people in the scientific center.Here, where the workers of the station were not exposed to the pernicious breath of the West, we received a warm welcome and an interesting conversation. The stories about life at the stations were always amazing, somehow very quickly they found a common language with these people. But we have to go.
We rejected the offer to spend the night with regret, the wind outside the window did not allow us such a luxury. Further, following the Bykovskaya channel, we gradually turned south. We waved until late in the dying wind. They calmed down only after the sun went down behind the mountains.Thus, we went straight to Tiksi, a little more, a day, well, two! Yeah, well, well, what about calm! And then he came – calm, huge, serene. He covered everything around with blue and flooded with the sun. On rare bunches, on foot, by rolling, we scratched for several days in this silence.
The last night before Tiksi was twenty four kilometers from the city. Mirages raised five-story buildings to the size of skyscrapers. It seemed that we were separated by a couple of kilometers, to the portal cranes only half an hour of travel, but these were only mirages.By the evening of the next day, we nevertheless dragged our sleigh into Tiksi. We spent the night at the hotel. In the morning I had to find the answer to the question: “What’s next?” Alarming news from the house hurried Kostya to return. The time limit still allowed us to reach Nizhneyansk. And then south along the winter roads? Another adventure with an unpredictable time frame! If you go to Russkoye Ustye, then this is a division of the group, unambiguously. How to start the next season with this alignment? Okay, while you sleep, the morning, as you know, will be wiser!
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The first morning in Tiksi was the morning of a long sitting in this city. Having received a financial blow from hotel rates, we tumbled out onto the street. Thanks to the guys from the cormorant group. They finished here a year ago and gave us invaluable contact with Alexander Gukov, the caretaker and creator of the local museum of local lore, an enthusiast of many undertakings and a man of encyclopedic knowledge of his region and the Arctic in general. It was he who provided us with shelter right in the museum among the exhibits. In addition, he kindly agreed to keep our equipment until next season.
Having made the decision to end the season and go home, we could not do this. Tiksi was covered with bad weather. The monotonous days dragged on. Our friends “cormorants” (Korabelnikov and Smurov) informed us that, having finished the season in the Russian Ustye, they began to get out to Yakutsk. And we, having bought a ticket to the mainland, languished in anticipation of flying weather. And so Kirill and Dima got to Yakutsk, and a plane took off for us. The air smelled of cognac, which the men had promised us, having occupied, judging by the message, a secluded corner in the waiting room.
But … but again! Before reaching Tiksi, our board turned around and flew off somewhere. We took our things and went to the city. The gloomy travelers, of course, were picked up and taken to the city. This is the North, here people are not bypassed on the road! Hello again, mammoths, woolly rhinos, bison and modern representatives of the local fauna. And yet we flew away later …
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One can imagine that in a large city like Sydney, a person can feel completely safe. Nothing of the kind: Sydney is home to one of the most dangerous creatures on the continent – the leukopaut or funnel water spider. The city noise did not frighten this deadly insect in the least.She loves a slightly damp environment, and a towel tossed by the pool or in the bathroom is great. According to climatologist and writer Tim Flannery, the victim of a spider bite “immediately begins to experience excruciating pain and soon falls into convulsions, completely covered with a foam of saliva and sweat.” Adults can tolerate this ordeal for about three hours, but small children won’t last more than an hour. All the insidiousness of the local nature perfectly depicts the fact that the venom of the funnel spider is more or less harmless to most animals, say cats or dogs, but it brings death to people.And although this spider appeared here long before humans, everything looks as if nature ambushed us. Like Southern California (the place on the planet that it looks very much like), Australia is intoxicatingly beautiful, but for a moment – and there is no one to enjoy the beauty. Landslides, earthquakes, fires or some poisonous creatures will take care of this.
Raccoons live in Central Park in New York, and even beavers are said to be in the Bronx. But nowhere in America do wild animals lie in wait for city dwellers with such tenacity as here.In Brisbane, the recent “dampness” (as the rainy season is called here) has led to an unprecedented abundance of jellyfish and echidnas (a small monotreous mammal, a relative of the platypus, but decorated with needles, like a hedgehog). The jellyfish here are no jokes. A particularly deadly type of jellyfish – the so-called “boxes” – are small cubes of jelly. According to a local source, “There is practically no chance of salvation after an encounter with a poisonous goad, unless the doctors deal with you immediately. The pain is so intense and overwhelming that you are likely to go into a state of shock and drown before you reach the shore. “
In the vicinity of the same Brisbane, local dogs, according to press reports, are addicted to licking aha – toads, whose skin, generally speaking, is poisonous, but from small doses of this poison, the dogs seem to go crazy. Some unfortunate people get too carried away and writhe in violent convulsions because of this, but most dogs have learned to regulate their intake of poison – and when the drug is no longer effective, they return for a new dose.
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Aha toads were introduced to Australia in 1935 in the hope that they would devour the indigenous cane beetle pest.But alas, despite being omnivorous, these toads, eating everything that moves and does not move, are not particularly interested in beetles. However, they have bred with might and main, and their poisonous skin now kills both local predators and pets. Now the “pest killer” who failed to live up to his hopes became a pest himself. In addition, they kill people, because, like dogs licking toads, a person is able to plunge into the world of hallucinations for about an hour in the same way, but some, unlike clever dogs, are ruined by greed.
A similar mistake was the famous landing (for hunting purposes) in Australia of twenty-four rabbits in 1859. Here the appearance of rodents became a real ecological disaster, as rabbits swept away all vegetation on their way and bred… like rabbits. In Australia, there were no predators to control their numbers, and as a result, a fence was created in the desert, stretching from one end of the continent to the other. Thus, people hoped to limit the spread of rodents.In 1950, rabbits were infected with a virus that was supposed to mow down the entire population – which he did until the rodents developed resistance to its action.
But not every local life form is so hostile. Some jump out of their way to make people feel “at home.” The lyrebird mimics the calls of other birds, as well as any other sounds it hears. In the BBC television series A Life of Birds, I saw footage of a lyrebird giving a great performance, first clearing space in the bush for its little stage, then doing it all in a five-minute singing extravaganza.The song of the lyrebird is most often a medley of other birds’ voices, but the singer from the series unexpectedly ended his number with the sounds of the camera shutter, car alarms, the footsteps of a lumberjack, and finally the whistle of a chainsaw crashing into a tree trunk. These last fragments sounded absolutely clear, the similarity was complete, as if it sounded not like a bird’s throat, but a high-quality studio recording!
During the Pleistocene era, Australia was inhabited by a “megafauna”.These giant animals are a large rhino-like diprotodon, a giant kangaroo three meters tall, a huge marsupial wombat, megalania (a six-meter-long lizard-lizard), a three-meter land crocodile quinkana, seven-meter python non-fluttering birds genyornis (giant emus) and dromornis (which could rival the size of moa) – mysteriously disappeared about fifteen thousand years ago. People at that time, apparently, did not exceed the modest size of today.
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Aboriginal stories recorded in all corners of Australia clearly prove that these animals were part of the world around the ancient inhabitants of the continent, they are still remembered with fear and awe: these impressions were transmitted for millennia with the help of unique oral tradition.
Some aboriginal legends go back to … fifteen thousand years! The indissolubility that makes the writing pale: compared to a similar story, our own literary monuments seem to be worthless of the papyrus on which they are written.We consider our history more solid, more real – just because it is written in writing. But the oldest written sources do not even come close to such a period of time. And should the words written down on paper necessarily seem more truthful, more real than oral traditions?
Adelaide, a small city on the southern edge of the continent, is the last decent-sized settlement on the way to the grand desert to the west. This is where Nullarbor (literally “zero trees”) is located, my favorite name for a desert area.I cycle my bike down Adelaide’s main street, past old colonial buildings with green lawns. In a tiny city park, a bunch of Aboriginal people are sitting. A few meters away, cars roar along the street, pedestrians click their heels. A small group of native inhabitants looks like a flock of living ghosts, they remind of the hoary antiquity of this country – a place now occupied by Europeans. These people are, if not the keepers of this land, then at least its children. She gave birth to them, made them who they are.They embody it, but they do not rule it (I must admit, this is my own, painted in romantic tones, interpretation).
They decided to gather right here, on a small plot of lawn right in the middle of the city, in full view of passers-by and passers-by, but for the most part the natives are not noticed, they remain invisible – and this speaks volumes. This is a sign, a reminder, a living poster indicating that all the buildings around, all our vanity, and we ourselves, passing or passing by, are just a thin layer of sediment.The presence of ancient people speaks of the existence of an unhurried, deep history, barely noticeable biological changes that this “new” world of European colonialists is trying to drown out, close with a stream of countless innovations and the frenzy of commerce, just to erase all references to this history from the memory of people. Aborigines are like a fig in the direction of overhanging office buildings and smoothed lawns.90,000 Free new background stock photos and royalty free images, page 2
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“The Way of the Conquistador”: How Nikolai Gumilyov wrote poetry for the strong, evil and cheerful
Gumilyov wrote poems about travel: about thirst tormenting in the middle of the desert, about palm groves, ancient temples, distant tribes and ship riots.Gumilev wrote about the war: about machine-gun bursts, about drowned on difficult crossings, about death by bullets, frontline hunger and victory. He wrote about the heroes of Hellas: Odysseus, Agamemnon and Hercules, wrote about corsairs, conquistadors and discoverers, so that travelers, military men and vagabonds would read him, “strong, evil and cheerful” – the same as himself.
In 1921, he wrote an autobiographical poem “Memory”, in which the lyric hero lists his main hypostases (“witch child”, poet, traveler and military man) and reflects on the end of his path.
“He was surprisingly young in soul, and perhaps also in mind. He always seemed to me a child. There was something childish in his shaved head under a typewriter, in his bearing, rather a gymnasium than a military one. The same childishness broke through in his hobby. Africa, war, and finally – in feigned importance, which surprised me so much at the first meeting and which suddenly crawled, disappeared somewhere, until he caught himself and pulled it over himself again, “wrote Vladislav Khodasevich about him.
Child: toads, crucians, Wilde and French cheese
The very first: ugly and thin,
Who loved only the dusk of the groves,
Fallen leaf, witch’s child,
Stopping the rain in a word.
Wood and ginger dog –
This is who he took as his friend,
Memory, memory, you won’t find a sign,
You cannot assure the world that it was me.
Nikolay Gumilyov, “Memory”
The poet was born on April 15, 1886 in Kronstadt. His father was a ship’s doctor – he visited Portsmouth, and Cairo, and Jerusalem, saw the eruption of a volcano in Santorini, fought with typhus and, of course, talked a lot about his travels. From the words of his first wife Anna Akhmatova, we know that Nikolai Gumilyov wrote the first quatrain at the age of six, probably under the impression of his father’s stories.
Near Lake Delhi,
Love for Niagara
The leaders all flew.
As a child, Nikolai was sickly and withdrawn. He loved to fantasize, imagining himself either as an Indian leader, or as a robber, or as a knight. He ran away from home to a secluded cave found in the forest and picked flowers in the dragon swamp he called. An irrepressible fantasy and a thirst for impressions pushed him to commit dubious, strange “deeds”. So, once Kolya bit off the head of a live crucian carp (which he later regretted for a long time and recalled with disgust), and once he arranged a “living corner” for his mother, tied frogs, lizards and toads with his own hands to sticks stuck into the ground in the garden.Mother did not appreciate the surprise.© Alexey Durasov / TASS
Nikolai Gumilyov studied very badly at the Tsarskoye Selo gymnasium. He stayed for the second year, and once he was even almost expelled. Only the intervention of the poet Innokenty Annensky, the director of the gymnasium, who appreciated his poems, saved him. Many years later, Gumilev wrote a poem for his death, recalling a conversation in his office.
His own awkwardness, a disproportionately elongated head, lisp and the impression of squint created by the slanting scar near the eye, Nikolai the schoolboy tried to compensate for with smartness – he wore fashionable pointed-toed boots and a cap with an out-of-shape high crown.Gumilyov recalled that in his youth he often wore a top hat (Alexander Blok joked that Gumilyov was a strange poet in a top hat, and his poems were the same in a top hat), curled his hair and tinted his lips and eyes, and later became famous throughout St. Petersburg for his reindeer life and a hat with ears.
I have always been a snob and an esthete. At fourteen, I read The Picture of Dorian Gray and imagined myself as Lord Henry. I began to attach great importance to appearance and considered myself very ugly. And I was tormented by this. I really must have been ugly then — too thin and awkward.The features of my face have not yet become spiritualized – after all, over the years they acquire expressiveness and harmony. Plus, as boys often have, terrible skin color and pimples. And the lips are very pale. I locked the door in the evenings and, standing in front of the mirror, hypnotized myself to become a handsome man. I firmly believed that I could change my appearance by willpower. It seemed to me that I was becoming a little more beautiful every day. I was surprised that others did not notice, did not see how good I was. And they really didn’t notice.
The matured Gumilyov admired his hands and small neat ears and declared that he had “the most suitable appearance for a poet”.
Gumilyov’s favorite student and friend Irina Odoevtseva recalls another typical anecdote from his childhood:
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“In those days I was in love with a pretty schoolgirl Tanya. Like many girls then, she had a“ cherished album with questionnaires. ”In it, friends and fans answered the questions:“ What is your favorite flower and tree? What’s your favourite dish? What is your favorite writer? “High school students wrote – rose or violet. Wood – birch or linden.The dish is ice cream or hazel grouse. The writer is Charskaya. High school students preferred oak or spruce from trees, from dishes – turkey, goose and borscht, from writers – Mein Reed, Walter Scott and Jules Verne. When my turn came, I wrote without hesitation: “The flower is an orchid. The tree is a baobab. The writer is Oscar Wilde. The dish is a kanander.”
Only after returning home and proudly retelling the episode to his mother, Kolya learned that Canander does not exist, and French cheese is called Camembert. All night, burning with shame, he was looking for a way to save himself from shame: steal the album, set fire to Tanya’s house, forever flee from St. Petersburg – to Australia or America, and in the end decided never to speak to her or to anyone her acquaintances.Love passed instantly.
Poet: Conquistador, Androgyne and Guild Craft
And the second … He loved the wind from the south,
In every noise I heard the ringing of lyres,
Said that life is his girlfriend,
The rug under his feet is the world.
I don’t like him at all, it’s
He wanted to become a god and a king,
He hung a poet’s sign
Above the doors to my silent house.
Nikolay Gumilyov “Memory”
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“The Way of the Conquistadors” – the first collection of poems by Nikolai Gumilyov – was published with his family’s money in 1905, a year before he graduated from high school.The adult Gumilyov was terribly ashamed of this collection, bought and burned copies in the stove, and worried that he could not buy everything. Despite this, the collection received a review from Valery Bryusov himself – the idol of Gumilyov and one of the most authoritative poets of that time. He called his poems “rehearsals and imitations”, but added that “the book also contains several beautiful poems, really successful images. Suppose that she is only the” path “of the new conquistador and that his victories and conquests are ahead.”After this review, the poets began an active correspondence.
“Who was Gumilyov? Poet, traveler, warrior, hero – this is his official biography, and one cannot argue with that. But … but of the four definitions I want to keep only” poet “. He was above all and most of all a poet. Not a traveler , neither a warrior, nor even a hero could have left him – if his fate had turned out differently. But he could not help being a poet. ”© Alexey Durasov / TASS
Gumilev called his first “real” collection “Romantic Flowers”, published three years later in Paris, where he attended lectures at the Sorbonne.He published the magazine “Sirius”, in which Anna Akhmatova made her debut in 1910, but the magazine was not successful and was quickly closed. In the same year, Gumilyov and Akhmatova got married.
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In Paris, he met Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Zinaida Gippius, Andrei Bely and Dmitry Filosofov, and mutual hostility immediately arose between them. They made fun of Gumilev in the drama “Poppies Blossom”, and he mocked them in the poem “Androgyne”, which was included in his third collection, “Pearls”. After the meeting, Gippius wrote to Bryusov that Gumilyov boasted that he alone could change the world, and that the attempts made before him by Christ and Buddha were unsuccessful.
In 1911, Gumilyov together with Andrei Gorodetsky founded the “Workshop of Poets”. The association also includes Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Kuzmin, Osip Mandelstam and many others. The name referred to medieval craft workshops and almost directly indicated that the members of the association consider poetry to be a craft that has its own rules and laws, which needs to be learned. A year later, the poets of the “Workshop” declared themselves acmeists (Gumilev in the manifesto “The Heritage of Symbolism and Acmeism” explained that the name of the literary movement comes from the Greek word meaning “the highest point of something, color, flowering time”), opposing mystical, vague symbolism the specifics of material images and the accuracy of “verified and weighed words”.
Russian symbolism directed its main forces into the unknown. He fraternized alternately with mysticism, then with Theosophy, then with the occult. Some of his searches in this direction almost came close to the creation of a myth. And he has the right to ask the current that is taking its place, whether it can boast of animal virtues only, and what is its relation to the unknowable. The first thing that acmeism can answer to such an interrogation will be an indication that the unknowable, by the very meaning of the word, cannot be known.The second is that all attempts in this direction are unchaste. All the beauty, all the sacred meaning of the stars is that they are infinitely far from the earth and with no aviation success they will get closer. The poverty of imagination will be revealed by the one who will always imagine the evolution of personality in conditions of time and space. How can we remember our previous existence (if this is not clearly a literary device), when we were in the abyss, where myriads of other possibilities of being, about which we know nothing, except that they exist?
During his short life, Gumilyov managed to publish nine collections of poetry.The last of them is “The Pillar of Fire”, which includes his most famous poems about poetry – “The Word”, “The Sixth Sense”, “My Readers”.
Traveler: Ethnography, Ethiopia and the Leopards
I love the chosen one of freedom,
Navigator and Archer,
Ah, the waters sang to him so loudly
And the clouds were jealous.
His tent was high,
The mules were fast and strong,
Like wine, he drank the sweet air
White of an unknown country.
Nikolay Gumilyov “Memory”
Gumilyov has been to Africa several times – both as a traveler and as the head of an expedition coordinated with the Academy of Sciences. He went down in history not only as a poet, but also as a researcher who made several expeditions to the east and northeast of the continent and brought to Russia a rich collection of ethnographic objects, paintings, photographs and documents.© Alexey Durasov / TASS
It is not known for certain when the first trip took place.There is a version that Gumilyov went there in 1907, right after Akhmatova refused to marry him. The young poet allegedly hid the trip from his parents, having prepared several letters for them in advance, which his friends were supposed to send instead of him. It is known for certain that in 1908 Gumilyov visited Egypt, and in 1909 – on the French coast of Somalia. In 1910 he went to Abyssinia (Ethiopia), and in 1913 he returned there as the head of a scientific expedition. He wrote to Bryusov:
“Yesterday I did 12 hours (70 kilometers) on a mule, today I have to drive another eight hours (50 kilometers) to find the leopards.<...> tonight I have to sleep in the open air, if I have to sleep at all, because leopards usually show up at night. There are lions and elephants here, but they are rare, like moose here, and we must hope for our own happiness to find them. ”
He crossed deserts, hunted for food, visited the least explored places, caught sharks, found a common language with local leaders and was always looking for new adventures.
One of the legends about this time of the poet’s stay in Abyssinia was told by Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky: as if Gumilyov met the Frenchman Michel de Vardot, and they decided to organize a trip to the upper right head tributaries of the Blue Nile.To get indigenous exhibits of everyday life, they bought jewelry for gifts to local residents. On the way, they talked with local tribes and exchanged something for beads, rings and earrings, and then the “loving” Gumilyov, having fallen in love with the wife of the tribal leader, decided to kidnap her. But, of course, the faithful servants seized the “treacherous” pale-faced foreigner and put him in a pit – a trap for lions. It seemed that he was doomed to death, but the leader’s beautiful wife secretly fed him, then hid him in her place. And then there was a miraculous salvation with the help of a French missionary.
Gumilyov wrote about Africa and prose, and plays, and scientific texts, and, of course, poems: “Introduction”, “In the Desert”, “By the Fireplace” … It is interesting that his famous “Giraffe” Gumilyov wrote, possibly, before he visited Africa, seeing the animal in the menagerie of the Paris Botanical Gardens.
Military: white card, cavalry and revenge
Memory, you are weaker from year to year,
Is it the same or who else
Traded merry freedom
To the sacred long-awaited battle.
He knew the pangs of hunger and thirst,
Troubled sleep, endless path,
But Saint George touched twice
Bullet untouched chest.
Nikolay Gumilyov “Memory”
“Always lucky in cards, in war and in love,” Odoyevtseva recalls Gumilyov’s phrase. In 1914, when a general mobilization was announced in Russia, Gumilyov immediately decided that he would go to war as a volunteer. It took a long time to fuss – it was not easy to get rid of the white ticket received for health reasons.Akhmatova recalled that her husband received a “unique in all respects” medical certificate stating that “he did not have physical disabilities that prevented him from entering active military service, with the exception of myopia of the right eye and some squint, and, according to Mr. Gumilyov , he’s a great shooter. ”© Alexey Durasov / TASS
At the front, Gumilev showed fearlessness. They said that in the trenches, under bullets, he stood in full growth. Twice he was awarded the St. George Cross, to which Akhmatova responded with a bitter and ironic lullaby poem dedicated to their son Lev Gumilyov – in the future a famous writer and historian.
The fire had already died down when I joined the patrol. Cornet was pleased. He opened the enemy without losing a single person. In ten minutes our artillery will get down to business. And I was only excruciatingly offended that some people were shooting at me, challenged me with this, but I did not accept it and turned. Even the joy of getting rid of danger did not in the least soften this suddenly boiling thirst for battle and revenge. Now I understand why the cavalry are so dreaming of attacks. To run into people who, hiding in the bushes and trenches, safely shoot prominent horsemen from afar, make them pale from the increasingly frequent stomp of hooves, from the sparkling of naked swords and the formidable appearance of a sloping peak, with its swiftness it is easy to overturn, as if blown away, three times the strongest enemy, this is – the only justification for the life of a cavalryman
The poet participated in dangerous night reconnaissance, carried a machine gun stuck in the mud in his hands so that it would not get to the enemy, and stubbornly kept a front diary, which he later prepared for publication under the title “Notes of a cavalryman”.Shrapnel fire, heavy anticipation of a battle, reconnaissance, joy of the offensive, bivouacs, frozen ground, enemy patrols and dazzling joy of victory … In the trenches of Poland and Lithuania, Gumilyov remained until 1917, but after that he did not want to return home, to his wife had long gone wrong, and, having asked for a transfer to the Thessaloniki front, went to Greece.
Patriotic poems at that time were written by almost all famous poets, but Gumilyov was one of the few who, speaking about the front (for example, in the poems “War”, “Offensive”, “Death”), could rely on personal combat experience.
End of the road: legacy of the executed poet
The revolution found the poet in England. No one thought that he would return, even his mother no longer hoped to see him. “I fought with the Germans for three years, I also fired lions. But I have never seen the Bolsheviks. Should I go to Russia? It is hardly more dangerous than the jungle,” Georgy Ivanov recalled Gumilyov’s words in his Literary Portraits. Returning to Russia, Gumilev gave a divorce to Anna Akhmatova (before the October Revolution it was impossible to divorce with the right to remarry) and three days later he married Anna Engelhardt.Became the head of the Petrograd branch of the All-Russian Union of Poets. He wrote, gave lectures, taught.
Gumilyov never hid his views and did not try to be careful. At a poetry evening held by the Baltic Fleet, he defiantly and assertively recited: “I gave him a Belgian pistol // And a portrait of my sovereign” – and, according to Odoevtseva’s recollections, he did not even baptize, but “blessed himself with the sign of the cross”, passing by the church.
Passers-by looked at him in surprise. Some of them jumped aside.Some were laughing. The sight was really amazing. Gumilyov, long, narrow-shouldered, in a wide top with a white pattern along the hem, fluttering like a skirt around his thin legs, without a hat in the cold, in front of the church, could seem not only strange, but also funny. But in those days to decide so sharply to emphasize their adherence to the persecuted “cult”, one had to have civic courage. Gumilyov had more civic courage than was required. No less than frivolity.
The poet said to the translator Lozinsky, who was trying to warn him: “No one will dare to touch me. I am too famous.” But fame did not save him.
On August 2, 1921, Khodasevich came to visit Gumilyov. They sat for a long time, Gumilyov still did not want to let his friend go, he told stories about Tsarskoe Selo and joked that he would live for a very long time, “at least up to 90 years,” and his weather, Khodasevich, would fall apart in five years.
The next day, Khodasevich again went to Gumilyov’s, but did not find him.At night, the poet was arrested for participating in the Tagantsev conspiracy, which, perhaps, did not exist at all. It is only known for certain that on the night of August 26, in a place that no one can find until now, Gumilyov and another 56 convicts were shot.
Every human life, even the most successful, the happiest, is tragic. After all, it inevitably ends in death. After all, no matter how tricky, no matter how cunning, you will have to die. We are all condemned from birth to death. Suicide bombers. We are waiting – they will knock on the door at dawn and lead to hang.Hang, guillotine, or electric chair. As whom. I, of course, arrogantly dream that I will not die in bed With a notary and a doctor … Or that I will be killed in the war. But this is, in essence, the same death penalty. It cannot be avoided. The only equality of people is equality before death. A very banal thought, but it still worries me. And not only that I will die someday, in many, many years, but also that will happen later, after death. And will there be anything at all? Or it all ends here on earth: “I believe, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief …”
“Gumilyov is a poet not yet read.Visionary and prophet. He predicted his death in detail down to the autumn grass. It was he who said: “On heavy and echoing cars …” – and even more terrible (“Eagle”), “For the elders, all forbidden works …” and, finally, the main thing: “Earth, why joke with me .. . “- wrote Anna Akhmatova.
Professor of the Department of Literary Criticism and Journalism, Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov Anna Sergeeva-Klyatis believes that Gumilyov can be called “unread” primarily because of the long Soviet period, when his works did not appear in print, and his name was in research papers.The unspoken ban was lifted only in the late 80s – early 90s. In addition, Gumilyov was and remains an underestimated poet.
“Against the background of the greatest poets of this time, at least Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Pasternak and Tsvetaeva, his name faded somewhat. This is not entirely fair, Gumilyov is a very prominent poet, and the further his work developed, the more interesting it became. said Tsvetaeva, “poets without history” and “poets with history.” Gumilyov is a poet with history, he improved gradually.<…> By the time of his death, this path had not yet been completed at all, but it was already a very high level of poetry. His last poems are absolutely amazing, “The Lost Tram” is a brilliant poem that is at the level of the greatest poems of the 20th century, “says Professor Sergeeva-Klyatis.” Probably, no one like Gumilyov perceived himself equally with his poetic calling someone else. It was important for him both that he is a warrior and that he is a traveler. This is how he imagined himself not only in poetry, but also in life.But I still think that the poetic side was most important to him. “
It will appear before me, I do not know,
Traveler, hiding his face; but I understand everything,
Seeing a lion following,
And an eagle flying towards him.
I’ll shout … but who can help,
So that my soul does not die?
Only snakes shed their skins,
We are changing souls, not bodies.
Nikolay Gumilyov “Memory”
Alena Fokeeva90,000 11 amazing native animals you can see in Indonesia
Indonesia’s rich diversity extends beyond people, culture and ethnic groups.The widespread archipelago is also home to an array of wildlife that will enchant anyone. From birds to primates, discover amazing native animals that you can only see in Indonesia.
There are many ways to describe this particular species found on the exotic islands of Komodo, Rinka, Padar and Flores in Indonesia. Some people observe the measurements and conclude that it is the tallest and largest lizard in the world at a distance of three meters.Others focus on the evolution of this dragon, designating Komodo as one of the close relatives of dinosaurs and the oldest ancient species that still live today. It is safe to venture from the Komodo Islands to spot one of these large carnivorous lizards while enjoying the scenic landscape of the exotic islands, just make sure you read the safety rules carefully.
This adorable primate with large black eyes and almost humanoid demeanor is the prima donna of Indonesia’s lush and vast forest.Tourists cannot understand how exotic and valuable these friendly creatures are, hanging around trees or feeding their babies. Unfortunately, deforestation has put this species at risk, so if meeting an orangutan is something that interests you, you can also volunteer to help build and rehabilitate their habitat. This is much more meaningful and interactive than watching them from the tracks of the zoo.
Sulawesi is home to a thriving wildlife, especially a variety of endemic birds.Despite this, the Maleo birds continued to separate from each other for many reasons. First, there are strange physical features, with turkey-like body structures, a perky tail, a grim black body feather, a peach belly and a curiously more colorful head and hard hat. Then there are the particular manners that make watching these birds so enjoyable – their quick leg movements and nesting habits are undoubtedly fascinating.
Helmet in hand
The body of this bird is truly breathtaking, with its brightly colored helmet and expansive wingspan.But perhaps what makes this helmet slingshot so great is the cultural values given to the species. In West Kalimantan or Borneo, this species of rhinoceros is celebrated as a symbol of the divine realms, often appearing in traditional art and carving. While it can be difficult to spot one of these strange birds these days, you can hear their eerie sound, which sounds like loud laughter, from two kilometers away.
In Indonesian, the name of this species is composed of a pig (babi) and deer (rusa).And this is one of the possible ways to describe this amazing creature. At first glance, babirus looks like a strange mess of a pig’s head and deer legs, as well as wild tusks. Babiruses belong to the pig family, but deer-like traits extend to the physical and even digestive systems, which makes this species so fascinating to observe. Babiruru can be found in North Sulawesi and some of the nearby islands of the province.
Often described as a small buffalo, the anoa’s body resembles a diminished water buffalo with a hint of a deer in its appearance.Various types of anoa live in the mountains and lowlands, usually in the lush rainforests of Sulawesi, Indonesia. With two sharp back-facing horns, the world’s smallest buffalo is a spectacular creature to watch. Unfortunately, locals are increasingly hunting for their meat, pushing them onto a dangerous and endangered list.
Officially Celebes the crested macaque or black macaque, this stunning primate is almost entirely black with the exception of some silver feathers on the shoulder band.As a social animal, black macaques live in groups of 5 to 25 or more, where adult females generally outnumber males. The human population poses a great threat to the stability of black monkeys, but many of these creatures live a little more freely on the small neighboring islands of Sulawesi, compared to those on the mainland.
Cendrawasih is an endemic species that belongs to the Paradisaeidae family or birds of paradise. These majestic, vibrant colorful birds can be found in Papua, the easternmost island of Indonesia.These birds, especially males, have very refined and delicate feathers with bright attractive colors and long tails gracefully graceful from their bodies. Cendrawasih comes in several color mixes, from yellow, brown, red, orange to various shades of blues and violets.
Like common rhinoceroses, this species from Java has tough armor-like skin and a strong front structure. One of the distinctive features of the body of the Javanese rhinos is their relatively small one horn, as opposed to the two, as other rhino species usually show off.Once one of the most common rhinos in Asia, illegal hunting and deforestation have killed most of its population, leaving only a couple dozen in the western tip of Java.
Sumatran tigers differ from their relatives in dark fur color with a stronger contrast of orange and reddish brown and black stripes. They are also known as the smallest tigers, but no less fierce. The population of Sumatran tigers is scattered throughout the island of Sumatra, usually in deep forests and national parks, but unfortunately their population is rapidly declining due to habitat loss and illegal trade.
This stunning avifauna was the emblem of the Bali bird, mostly found in their pristine habitat in the northwestern part of the paradise island, far from much more touristy spots. The endemic bird has mostly crisp white feathers, with a bright blue spot around each eye and various pointed feathers on top of their heads. Bali starlings are often part of temple ceremonies, where some are freed as a traditional ritual..