Monthly Archives: January 2012

Many animals are currently gracing the world whether it is huge wildlife cats to high climbing monkeys or slow moving elephants to an exotic icy polar bear. In this case however, we look at animals which have been gathered together in one place and are publicly shown to viewers around the world.

Around 1,000,000 visit Tropical World each year and it has since been known as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Not only does it include its beautiful supply of exotic animals from around the world, but it also includes unusual landscapes, and plant life.

A lot of the animals which belong in tropical world are those which aren’t rarely seen in the UK, this is therefore a great place to bring them together, here we look at the origins and most popular places to find each of the animals pictured below…

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1. The Deadly Tarantula

Originates from Southern Europe, there are 900 species identified belonging to the family ‘Theraphosidae’. Most tarantulas hunt for other insects where as others are known for dangerously poisoning humans with their striking, deadly and very harmful venom from there vicious bite.

2. The Scurrying Mouse

Originates from Iran and Turkestan after living in rocky crevices, the most common mouse is a house mouse, these become attracted to homes due to smell and also if there are open passages to get into the warmth. The mouse is a small mammal also classing into the order of rodents.

3. The Pacu

Originates from Brazil and India, it is a relative of the dangerous Piranha but isn’t quite so deadly as its teeth are less sharp and more square based. When full grown, the Pacu can reach a far greater size than its relative, reaching up to a whopping 30kg in weight. They are now most likely to be found in Amazon rivers.

4. The Lazy Terrapins

Originates from Texas and South Africa, they are most likely found under water in fresh or brackish water. A lot of the turtles live close to the coast and are known as one of the largest ranges of turtles in North America. The name ‘Diamond Back Turtle’ is specified because of their patterned shells.

5. The not so scary Bearded Dragon

Originates from small regions from Australia and are most likely kept in smaller places such as zoos and also kept as pets. They grow to around 2 feet in length overall. They are also very similar to the chameleon as they can change their colours, but mostly towards heat and temperature.

6. The Hissing Snake

Originates from lizards, snakes are known to be basically reptiles without legs, or in other worlds ‘legless lizards’. Their skulls however are very different to lizards, as they have many more joints so that they are able to swallow their pray with their more mobile jaws.

7. The Cute Degu

Originates from central Chili, it is also sometimes known as a brush-tailed rat. Other species which relate to it are things such as other Degus, Guinea Pigs and chinchillas. They live in groups so that they are able to construct bigger burrows together forming activities such as digging chains.

8. The Crowned Hornbill

Originates from South East Asia, some of them also come from Africa, and are around 50cm in length. You are most likely to find them hidden in trees where they are always on the hunt for prey so that they can feed their offspring things such as small rodents as well as fruit and seeds.

9. Timone Without The Pumba

Originates from the Kalahari deserts in South Africa. Meerkats also come from the mongoose family, and a group is known as a mob. A clan contains around 20 meerkats and live for around 14 years. Meerkats aren’t known for pets and most likely live in the wild, they are very vicious and can bite.

10. The Gold Tamarin Monkey

Originates from the coastal forests of Brazil and is a member of the Callitrichidae family. It is an endangered species, there is estimated to be around 1,000 left living and known to be exactly 490 individuals. They live around 300m above sea level and found in hilltop and swamp forests.


Sports fans go crazy as the traditional name of St. James’ Park is newly named Sports Direct Arena after manager Mike Ashley’s company.

Newcastle United fans have a shock new name for their traditional football ground as Mike Ashley, the manager of the club decides to sponsor the club and change the whole name of the ground.

Many claims have been made that Mike Ashley doesn’t really care about the actual club and that he is only doing it for publicity for his company and to make profit.

‘Its appalling that he can do that after not even being with us for that long’ cried one angry fan as the whole thing was taking place. ‘The man is just a complete psycho!’

The newly named 'Sports Direct Arena'

The club put forward rights to sponsors, this going through in 2009, but that has now been replaced with full naming rights for whichever company decides to be chosen.

Ashley states that he is only being a temporary sponsor. This being until someone else becomes interested and will then again be renaming the club.

“To grow sustainably and allow us to invest in our future, we will need to rely increasingly heavily on commercial income.” Llambias stated back in 2009.

It has been known for grounds to ask for support from companies so that they have the funding, but never  has it been known for football grounds to change their full name to the company which is supporting them.

The club is to get its old naming rights back in summer 2012, but this only lasting for one week for its participation in the Olympic games.

Olympics chief Lord Coe recently said “It is St. James’ Park for the Olympics and, if I am being honest, as a football fan, it will always be St. James’ Park for as long as I am watching football.” This stating that even he isn’t a fan of the change of name.

Many angry fans are definitely not happy with the name change and believe it is going against everything and a disgrace to the club.

Many have even brought Sir Bobby Robson into this and said that it is going against all that he had done for the club and also explaining that if he was still manager, nothing even in the slightest related to this would have occurred.

St. James’ Park has been known as this for as long as I and many others do remember and would always go down in History for its name, so therefore the change has managed to make it look weaker.

Mike Ashley since managing Newcastle United in 2007 hasn’t managed to do himself justice and in a lot of peoples minds is  an embarrassment and should be ashamed to what he has done to the club.

Groups such as these on social networking sites such as Facebook are also causing fans to go wild and show their fury about the club, many even starting petitions to try and ban the name as well as many furious groups towards manger himself Mike Ashley:

Fans showing their support for the old name of the historical football ground

Even fans have managed to graffiti their opinions around the stadium, showcasing what they believe to think of the new stadium, hoping and praying that one day, the original and historical name of the club will again be used and not demolished by names which aren’t ever going to even ever compare.

119 years of history of the club have basically just been ruined by a manager which seems only to be praising himself and not really being interested in the club at all.

Re-branding stadium names always does sound like a good idea, especially if it is going to boost the clubs status, whether it is affording more players and to keep the club running which will therefore push them higher to the top of leagues… but there is a point between re-branding and overtaking which should never be crossed.

Ashley and Llambias say it is in best interest for the club, but I believe that many angry fans may beg to differ on this one.

Time will tell if the name change really is for the club and to roll in the money or whether it really is Ashley himself trying to boost his own status as well as his, which should be now, hugely profiting company.