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Peter Dickinson

Joined 6 years ago from South East Asia. Last activity 4 weeks ago.

After a long and happy career working in zoos I found myself in a bit of a quandry. I was suddenly and reluctantly divorced after 30 years of what I considered a happy marriage and  ended up in debt and with two mortgages. What to do? Work till I dropped and still have debts to pay or do what I wanted to do?

I wanted to travel.

I did a lot of thinking, resigned my post, sold my house and all my possessions and paid off my debts. I was left with a little money. It wasn't much but I decided to hit the road anyway. I thought that if I worried about money then I would not enjoy myself...so I deliberately don't think about it (it is difficult not too at times). I go with the flow, take each day as it comes and enjoy most. I have been 'on the road' since 2004 now. I have no home...home is where I lay my head each night. I live out of my backpack.

I firstly travelled to Turkey. That was fun but seeing a cheap ticket to India I moved on there. The next cheap ticket led me to Thailand and since then I have been sort of happily 'stuck' in South East Asia. I have visited Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Sabah, Philippines and others and some several times.

My interests have always been wide and varied but my whole adventure has been a learning experience and I continue to learn every day.

My main interest is zoos. They were my life and are still my usual reason for travelling to new destinations. I publish weekly the largest on-line zoo related e-zine Zoo News Digest 

UPDATE - Further to the above I have remained 'stuck in Asia' and using Thailand as a base. Recently I obtained a contract in Dubai so that is where I am living now albeit still living out of my backpack, going with the flow and enjoying most every day.

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  • 3

    Zoos Of The United Arab Emirates

    10 months ago

    Zoo visits are popular in the United Arab Emirates. Here there is a list of all public zoos and a few of the private animal collections.

  • 8

    Dam Sen Theme Park Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Dam Sen Theme Park Zoo is set within the Dam Sen Theme Park in District 11 of Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam. It is possible to reach the Park on a motorcycle from the city centre but it is a somewhat dusty...

  • 8

    Suoi Tien Theme Park Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Suoi Tien Theme Park is located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It is classed as a 'Cultural Theme Park' and seeks to show something of tradition, tale and superstition of Vietnam. It is a well...

  • 3

    Jesus As An Orangutan

    3 years ago

    Jesus has been depicted as an Orangutan in an art competition. The aim being to draw attention to destruction of the Orangutans rainforest home.

  • 10

    Pattaya Bucket List

    3 years ago

    The Pattaya Bucket List details ten activities which the short term visitor to Pattaya in Thailand should not miss.

  • 19

    Rhinoceros Farming in China

    23 hours ago

    Rhinoceros Farming in China is taking place to feed the increasing demand for Rhino Horn in the Traditional Medicine market. Here the horn is harvested without killing the Rhinoceros.

  • 9

    Ankus

    3 years ago

    The Ankus is an ancient tool used by man for the management of elephants in captivity. In the correct hands it is the best instrument for the job. In the wrong hands it becomes an abusive weapon.

  • 7

    Cheetah in the United Arab Emirates

    3 years ago

    The cheetah has never been endemic to the United Arab Emirates. Regardless of the lack of evidence newspapers often state that it was a UAE mammal.

  • 27

    Lonely Gorillas

    3 years ago

    Gorillas are social animals and should live in family groups. Yet there are single animals in solitary confinement in zoos around the world. Lonely Gorillas sentenced to lonely lives by politics.

  • 35

    What Do Tigers Eat In Zoos?

    3 years ago

    The average zoo visitor may wonder what it is that tigers eat in zoos. It is the same as in the wild...meat. In the zoo however the fare varies as does the preparation and presentation.

  • 4

    Siem Reap Crocodile Farm

    3 years ago

    The Siem Reap Crocodile Farm is located at the southern end of Siem Reap town along the road to Tonle Sap Lake. The collection holds about three hundred crocodiles in all. Visitors are charged $1.00 for entrance. It is...

  • 0

    Marble Floor Cleaning

    4 years ago

    Marble flooring gives any building a much more attractive look. It makes the ordinary appear elegant and can bestow both a warmness and a feeling of cool in a way that no other building seems capable of. Many people get...

  • 12

    Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

    4 years ago

    Polar Bears are a very popular animal but in spite of this people know so little about them. Here then are some interesting facts about these wonderful bears.

  • 12

    International Vulture Awareness Day

    12 months ago

    The International Vulture Awareness Day takes place each and every year on the 4th September. The day is all about promoting an awareness of the importance of vultures and the vital niche role they play in the web of...

  • 18

    Poisonous Birds

    4 years ago

    It might surprise some people to learn that there are poisonous birds. They are a relatively recent scientific discovery but long recognised as such by the people of Papua, New Guinea where most of them come from. Note...

  • 8

    Eating Horseshoe Crab

    3 years ago

    The Horseshoe Crab does not really look like crab at all. In fact it isn't, the only things it shares with the crab is its English name and the fact that it lives in the sea. It is though a popular food in some parts of...

  • 12

    London Parakeets

    3 years ago

    Flocks of Green Parakeets are seen flying over the streets of London in increasing numbers every year. They are frequently referred to as the London Parrots whereas they are, more correctly, a Parakeet.

  • 12

    Baobab Bonsai

    3 years ago

    The Baobab is a striking tropical tree which is very well suited to be grown as a Bonsai. The Baobab Bonsai is easily grown and is as unusual as it is attractive. A well cared for specimen makes a good conversation...

  • 1

    Losing Weight Fast By Breathing

    3 years ago

    Losing Weight Fast By Breathing..... It sounds almost too good to be true and yet it is possible. The problem with most people is that they do not breathe properly. They only draw air into the upper part of the lungs...

  • 15

    Mercedes The Polar Bear

    3 years ago

    Mercedes the Polar Bear arrived in Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland from Churchill, Manitoba in Canada in 1984. Believed to be three or four years old she was a ‘rescue’ bear in that she was a wild bear which had...

  • 10

    Anne The Elephant

    3 years ago

    Anne the elephant (Sometimes called Annie) was born in Sri Lanka some 57 years ago. She was either born in a logging camp or was captured from the wild. She was sold and became part of the circus as a very young animal....

  • 3

    Lion Dung

    3 years ago

    Lion Dung is very popular in some quarters as a cat repellent. The lion dung is obtained from the local zoo and then placed in strategic locations around gardens to keep domestic cats at bay. If lion dung is not...

  • 2

    Koh Kong Safari World

    3 years ago

    Koh Kong Safari World is located very close to the border with Thailand. It is part of a complex which includes a casino. Gambling is illegal in Thailand but Thais love to gamble and so most border crossing...

  • 6

    Zoo Biology

    3 years ago

    By Zoo Biology I mean anything relating to zoo management. Heini Hediger, the father of Zoo Biology described this as “the science which embraced everything which was biologically relevant to the management of the...

  • 9

    Pattaya Songkran 2012

    3 years ago

    Pattaya Songkran is without doubt one of the greatest festivals in the world. Pattaya Songkran 2012 will be no exception. This event rivals both the carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in terms of fun, excitement and...

  • 2

    Philippine Zoos

    3 years ago

    The First National Zoological Park Conference of the Philippines took place on the 23-24 August 2010. This was a formative event for the new 'PHILZOO's Association', whose membership consists of just 25 large and 10...

  • 6

    One Final Fling Before The Ring

    3 years ago

    The idea of having one final fling before the ring is starting to become more acceptable. It really does make good common sense not to enter into a lifetime partnership, a marriage, without having dated a few other...

  • 13

    Big Cats In Britain

    3 years ago

    Newspaper reports of Big Cat Sightings in Britain are a fairly regular occurrence. Like UFO’s, visits by Aliens and Ghosts they strike the imagination. They make popular stories and will sell papers. Such...

  • 13

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Chiang Mai Zoo is a major zoological collection located in Northern Thailand.

  • 5

    The Biggest Penis in the World

    3 years ago

    Some people get really hung up about penis size. There are big ones and small ones and some with really unusual shape. The largest penis in the animal kingdom in relation to body size belongs to the barnacle. The...

  • 12

    Goose Barnacle

    3 years ago

    The Barnacle is considered to be a great delicacy in some parts of the world. This is especially so in Spain where the Goose Barnacle (where it is known as Percebes) is a great favourite with some. It is also eaten in...

  • 2

    Barnacle Goose Barnacle

    3 years ago

    Back in the middle ages the origins of the Barnacle Goose were a bit of a mystery. They were common enough in Britain and yet they did not breed there. In a time when people believed in dragons and sea serpents it was...

  • 2

    Chiang Mai Night Safari

    3 years ago

    The Chiang Mai Night Safari is located about twenty minutes outside of the City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The Night Safari is open seven days a week from eleven in the morning till eleven in the evening. Last...

  • 6

    Cinema in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    There are three cinemas in Pattaya in Thailand. All of these are modern, clean, comfortable, well maintained, and air conditioned. Some offer a level of luxury which would be rarely seen in the West. All three venues...

  • 6

    Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai

    2 years ago

    The Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand is a very popular attraction for toursis to the area. It is, unfortunately just another Tiger Farm dressed up in finery.

  • 7

    Pissing Can Be Fun Too

    3 years ago

    The first school I ever went to was an enlightening experience in more ways than one. In the main I hated it, the food was terrible, the teaching lacking and the discipline very much overdone. Who could think that nuns...

  • 10

    Pattaya Fish and Chip Shop Review

    4 years ago

    My origins lie in the North East of England where in my youth Fish and Chips were a staple food. Although I spent most of my early years living in Kuwait we returned at intervals to Durham and a regular...

  • 5

    Pattaya Buffet Breakfast Review

    4 years ago

    If on vacation or long stay money is always a consideration. Eating a good breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Eat well and save money too.

  • 10

    A Million Dollars For Free

    3 years ago

    I am a millionaire many times over and I obtained all this money for no effort at all. My millions of dollars are there just for being me. What is more my millions increase daily. There is untold wealth there just for...

  • 6

    Pattaya to Bangkok by Minibus

    3 years ago

    There are regular scheduled bus services to Bangkok from Pattaya and it is even possible to catch buses by standing up by the edge of the Sukhumvit Highway. There are taxis available 24 hours a day. Expect to pay in the...

  • 8

    Pattaya To Chiang Mai By Bus

    3 years ago

    People living in Pattaya really have two choices if they want to travel to Chiang Mai by bus. They can take the once daily minibus which will collect passengers directly from their hotel or house or they can take the...

  • 10

    How To Sex A Crocodile

    3 years ago

    Determining the sex of a crocodile or alligator is difficult to impossible by sight. The animal has to be caught so that the it can be seen whether it is a male or female. This article tels you how.

  • 4

    Zoos and Tourism: Conservation, Education, Entertainment?

    3 years ago

    Most people are familiar with the work which good zoos do to promote conservation. Valuable in-situ projects are financed and complementary to the ex-situ research done. Education of the public goes hand in hand...

  • 16

    Fish Spa Phenomena

    3 years ago

    The Fish Spa has its origins in Turkey where the 'Spa Fish' Garra rufa is now protected from commercial exploitation. Something of the history and expansion of the Fish Spa Phenomena has already been described in 'Is...

  • 4

    Tsunami 30th December 2010

    3 years ago

    It was early in December 2010 that I heard of the 30th December 2010 Tsunami. What? One of my girlfriends said she wanted to go home to Northern Thailand because she did not want to die away from her family....

  • 12

    Sun Asia Ocean World in Dalian

    3 years ago

    The information about Zoos in Dalian on the Liaodong Peninsula in Northeast China can be quite confusing in spite of the amount of information available on the internet. This is largely due to people copying information...

  • 6

    Pattaya To Cambodia Visa Run

    3 years ago

    Any foreigner who lives in Thailand for any length of time will find that eventually a 'Visa Run' is essential. Various visas for Thailand can be had at embassies in countries around the world but sadly they eventually...

  • 15

    How Much Does A Go Go Dancer Earn

    3 years ago

    In November 2010 the Oasis GoGo Bar on Soi Bukhao in Pattaya, Thailand were advertising for Go Go Dancers. There was a big sign outside giving the wages and the perks of the job. This was probably the best indication of...

  • 2

    The Coconut Bar

    3 years ago

    The Coconut Bar is the name given to the 3km path which stretches along the edge of Pattaya Bay between the beach and Beach Road. The path is well constructed and level over most of its route and shaded by well over a...

  • 9

    St Nectans Glen

    3 years ago

    St Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall, England is a steep sided wooded valley through which flows the Trevillet river. The Glen is reached by walking after parking in a car park next to a farm on the Boscastle to Tintagel...

  • 0

    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists

    4 years ago

    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists (Nice & Naughty) is a comparatively new arrival on the Thai, learn a language book market. Few were surprised to learn of the 'Get Rich Quick English for Bar Girls' but...

  • 11

    The Anatomy of a GoGo Bar

    10 months ago

    The GoGo Bar may be a mystery to many. Explore the pitfalls and the pleasures of a temporary escape from the world outside.

  • 13

    Zoos and Euthanasia

    3 years ago

    Most people will be surprised to learn that it is the Good zoos which euthanize some of their animals and the Bad zoos do not. Good zoos manage their Species populations responsibly through cooperative breeding...

  • 12

    What I have Learned About Women in Fifty Years

    3 months ago

    I must have been 12 years old when I had my first serious girlfriend. In the fifty four years since then, with a brief interval, I have always been in a relationship. This includes 29 years of, I thought, a happy...

  • 11

    The Anatomy Of A Beer Bar

    11 months ago

    Beer Bars or Bar Beers are popular recreation stops in Thailand. There is a lot more to them if you look just a little deeper at these happy venues.

  • 8

    The House of the Rising Sun

    3 years ago

    The House of the rising sun must be amongst the most recorded of all songs. No-one know who wrote it and so there is no copywrite and it can be freely recorded without paying dues to anybody. Although the various...

  • 0

    Learn Thai Online

    3 years ago

    Thai is a difficult language to learn to speak simply from reading language books. It is a language that one needs to hear spoken. There are so many different tones that you need to tune your ear too. One would...

  • 9

    Get Rich Quick English For Bar Girls

    3 years ago

    My Thai girlfriend has reminded me dozens of times over the years of a simple fact. "You think Thai girl come to Pattaya for LOVE? No, come for munneee!" The same applies of course to wherever there is a...

  • 4

    The Pattaya Hubs

    12 months ago

    The Pattaya hubs is a collection of links which connect directly to articles about Pattaya in Thailand. Reading through them will allow the visitor to have a safe and fun stay in a wonderful and interesting city.

  • 6

    Jit Massage in Pattaya Thailand

    3 years ago

    Jit Massage is located on Soi X-Zyte in Pattaya Thailand. Centrally located it is easily found. Any motorcycle taxi will take you there for thirty Thai Baht. Leaving Soi Bukhao it is just a few yards after the bowling...

  • 12

    Declawing Tigers And Lions

    3 years ago

    The declawing of Tigers and Lions is and never has been an operation that has ever needed to be done. It cruel and unnecessary. It always has been and it always will be. The only time a claw should have to be removed is...

  • 17

    Elephant Care

    3 years ago

    Everyone likes elephants. They seem to touch a special spot in the soul of many. People care. People care about their plight in the wild and the threats they face from ivory hunters. It would be a sad and bleaker world...

  • 12

    Aquamassage

    3 years ago

    Aquamassage is just beginning to become popular within the malls of Europe. This unique and special type of massage is carried out by 36 precisely aimed and pressure adjustable jets of warm water in a Aqua...

  • 14

    Darwin Two Pound Coin

    3 years ago

    You may on occasion have a Darwin Two Pound coin end up in your pocket change. Check out its condition as it may be worth far more than two pounds. A possible investment for the future.

  • 19

    Cleethorpes Zoo and Marineland

    3 years ago

    Cleethorpes Zoo and Marineland was located on Beach Road, Humberston about half a mile outside of Cleethorpes town, Lincolnshire, England. The zoo site was on 10 hectares of flat reclaimed land adjoining the sea. The...

  • 17

    Dog Saves Dog On Highway

    3 years ago

    The truth behind the story of the dog saving a dog from the highway. Was all as it seems? It seems not.

  • 16

    Playing With Lions

    3 years ago

    Playing with lions or tigers may appear to be a thrilling and risky undertaking. It is both of these things and more. The adrenaline rush can be a real buzz to the first timer and never goes completely. Some people do...

  • 11

    Painted Pets

    3 years ago

    Why on earth would anyone want to paint or dye their pet? It is the $1000 dollar question that really answers itself. For money! People are prepared to stick their hands just that little deeper in their pockets for...

  • 8

    Older Women and Younger Men

    4 years ago

    Relationships between Older Women and Younger Men are becoming increasingly common and at the same time more acceptable. It is an odd but not unusual reversal of preferences as many of these women would have by choice...

  • 27

    The Only White Tiger In Great Britain

    3 years ago

    Zoological Gardens in the British Isles are all under the authority of the 'Zoo Licencing Act'. This is amongst the best if not THE best zoo legislation in the world. Any collection open to the public which...

  • 24

    Older Man and Younger Woman

    13 months ago

    What could possibly be wrong with Older Men and Younger Women dating or entering into a relationship? There is not a problem with the people concerned, so why should it bother anyone else? It does though. So often the...

  • 5

    Live Feeding To Zoo Animals

    3 years ago

    The subject of Live Feeding To Zoo Animals is an emotive one. It is readily accepted in some cultures by the majority of the the population. In others then the opposite applies. Perhaps today it is accepted by more...

  • 9

    Beautiful Pattaya

    3 years ago

    Pattaya City in Chonburi, Thailand could be the perfect holiday destination for many. Sun and sea, excellent shopping and restaurants and so much to do. It is a happy place.

  • 8

    Perverted Facts

    3 years ago

    On the 17th June 2010 the Daily Mail published an article by Deborah Davies entitled 'The Perversion of Paradise'. This was an attention grabbing stab at the holiday resort of Pattaya in Thailand. No one would deny that...

  • 10

    Edward VII Love Chair

    3 years ago

    The Edward VII Love Chair is of unique construction. Built on the precise instructions of the overweight playboy Prince of Wales for lovemaking.

  • 29

    The Sex Hubs

    4 years ago

    Actually The Sex Hubs is a little bit of a misnomer. True enough the subject rears its head ever so slightly in these hubs, though often the word does not. There are no hubs here with pornographic content, there is...

  • 18

    Dubai Zoo

    10 months ago

    Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo in Dubai. It is a small mixed collection which today serves as a rescue centre for exotic animals confiscated by Dubai Municipality.

  • 35

    Porn Braille

    5 years ago

    It may sound like Porn Braille is someones idea of an April Fool joke. But no, this is for real. A Canadian woman has spent two years putting together what must be a unique publication in the form of a magazine which...

  • 30

    April Fool in the Zoo

    3 years ago

    If you work in a zoo office on the reception then April 1st is the worst day of the year. April Fools are out there in their hundreds. The Foolers and the Fools both apparently believing that what they are doing or have...

  • 34

    World's oldest living animals in 2010

    3 years ago

    People are always interested in records. The biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the largest, the smelliest, the wettest and so on. This is a list of some of the oldest animals with whom we currently share our planet....

  • 30

    How To Kill A Chicken

    12 months ago

    To be able to humanely kill a chicken quickly and without causing pain or distress is an important skill for anyone thinking of small scale farming.

  • 30

    The Thailand Sex Diet

    3 months ago

    Som Tam or Papaya Green salad is probably one of the healthiest of all meals. All of the ingredients have health giving properties. What perhaps is lesser know is that most of these are believed to be aphrodisiacs, Som...

  • 31

    Ten Good Reasons To Holiday In Thailand

    3 years ago

    Thailand is probably one of the best places in the world to take a vacation. It is clean, safe, the food is good, the people friendly and there is so much to see and do.

  • 15

    The Best Bar in the World

    3 years ago

    The Best Bar in the World. Easy enough to say, easy enough to write but at the end of the day it is always going to be a personal opinion. Then again not everybody has been to every bar everywhere so no-one is going to...

  • 8

    Gorillas

    3 years ago

    The Gorillas are Apes and the largest of the living primates. Other Apes include the Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Gibbons and Humans. All of the Gorillas are only found in Africa and confined to...

  • 11

    Farang or Falang

    3 years ago

    So is it 'Falang' or 'Farang'? Nine times out of ten if you see it written down it will be spelt with an 'r' and pronounced by any new and sometimes long time visitors to Thailand as 'Farang'. If you hear a Thai using...

  • 15

    Valentine's Day Tiger

    3 years ago

    Valentine's Day in 2010 falls as ever on February the 14th. In 2010 however it is extra special because the 14th of February is the start of the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Tiger. The origins of...

  • 19

    The Mistress

    3 years ago

    A mistress is the long time partner and lover of a man who is in a legal marriage to someone else. The mistress is the 'other woman'. The mistress will usually be supported wholly or in part by her lover and may bear...

  • 9

    Palawan Crocodile Farm and Conservation Centre

    3 years ago

    The Palawan Crocodile Farm and Conservation Centre is also known as the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre. It really depends which sign you see or leaflet you read. Whatever, it is all of these things. The...

  • 2

    The Philippine Raptor Centre

    3 years ago

    The Centre for Philippine Raptors is located within Makiling Botanic Gardens close to Laguna in the Philippines. It is managed by the University of the Philippines. It is open every day apart for some holy days from...

  • 4

    Dumaguete zoo

    3 years ago

    The Dumaguete Zoo can be found on the isand of Negros Oriental and just a short walk outside of the coastal city of Dumaguete. The zoo is part of the Illiman University on whose campus the zoo is located. The zoo is...

  • 2

    Philippine Tarsier Visitors Centre

    5 years ago

    The Philippine Tarsier Research and Development Centre is located near the town of Corella on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. The Centre itself is a combined research, museum and visitor centre. The displays are...

  • 5

    Good Guy Goes To Heaven Bad Guy Goes To Pattaya

    4 years ago

    The 'T' shirt says that the 'Good Guy Goes To Heaven Bad Guy Goes to Pattaya'. This is largely a matter of interpretation because for many Pattaya IS Heaven. Heaven on earth. Pattaya is just two and a half hours...

  • 5

    Zoobic Safari

    4 years ago

    Zoobic Safari, 'The Only Tiger Safari in the Philippines' is located within the Ilanin Forest at the side of the beautiful Subic Bay. The 'Zoobic' name is a play upon the location. This collection is owned by the...

  • 7

    Some Zoo Questions

    2 years ago

    This hub was written in response to an approach from a young lady in Mexico who was researching zoos for a project. Along the way she had come across my Zoo News Digest and decided I may be worth interviewing....

  • 12

    D'Family Park Zoo in Cebu City

    4 years ago

    The D'Family Park Zoo is located in Nasipit, Talambam in Cebu City on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. The Park opened for the first time in 1993 and offers a variety of activities including a swimming pool,...

  • 5

    An Extremely Erotic Experience

    5 years ago

    There is a bar I walk past almost every day. There are always two or three bar girls sitting outside and always at least one will smile, ask me to 'come inside' and grab one of my hands. I have always appreciated the...

  • 4

    Macau Zoo

    5 years ago

    There are actually two zoos in Macau but as neither is particularily special they don't appear on the average tourists list of places to visit. The actual 'Macau Zoo' within the city of Macau is located within the...

  • 4

    A Brief Stop in the Perhentian Islands

    5 years ago

    The Perentians are a group of small islands located in the South China sea some twenty kilometres off the North Eastern coast of Malaysia. There are two larger main inhabited islands which are quaintly named...

  • 5

    Songkhla Zoo

    3 years ago

    Songkhla zoo is the largest zoo in the South of Thailand and is the best place to see zoo animals in the area. It is a relatively new collection having first opened its gates to the public in 1989. It is one of the very...

  • 19

    The Zoo Hubs

    10 months ago

    The Zoo Hubs is a collection of links to Asian and some other zoos plus articles related to zoos.

  • 10

    Nong Nooch Tropical Botanic Garden and Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is situated only a short drive by car, taxi or tour bus from Pattaya in Chonburi, Thailand. The 500 acre park is definitely worth a visit. As with all such similar tourist attractions it...

  • 8

    Surabaya Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Surabaya Zoo is also known as the Kebu Binatang Surabaya, or KBS for short. The zoo was first built in 1916 but changed location in 1918 before settling at the present site in 1920. The zoo claims not only to be the...

  • 1

    Gembira Loka Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Gembira Loka Zoo first opened its gates in 1955. It is located just a short distance outside of the city of Yogyakarta. It is a popular weekend destination for local people and a point of interest to tourists...

  • 24

    The Five Freedoms

    3 years ago

    To you and I it is probably obvious. We have a cat or dog or some more exotic 'pet' at home. We care for it. It is our responsibility. The caring means that we want that animal to be both happy and healthy. Even if you...

  • 4

    Black King Kong Shrimp

    4 years ago

    In May 2009 a pair of Black King Kong Shrimp were sold for US$ 8,500 at auction. Why so high? Simply a case of supply and demand. Presently breeders of this attractive little decapod crustacean can only breed fewer than...

  • 6

    Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

    10 months ago

    The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is located on the outskirts of Bangkok. It makes an interesting visit but sadly lacks educational value unless you look on the negative as a positive.

  • 11

    Zoos in Thailand

    12 months ago

    Zoos in Thailand seeks to put together a comprehensive list of all the zoos operating in Thailand. Includes both the good and the bad zoos.

  • 8

    Royal Elephant National Museum in Bangkok Thailand

    3 years ago

    The Royal Elephant National Museum (Chang* Ton Museum) is one of Bangkok, Thailands lesser known secrets. It is located just across the road from Dusit Zoo within the lush and well maintained grounds of Dusit Palace. ...

  • 16

    Hand Rearing Lion Cubs and Other Carnivores

    3 years ago

    There they are, the cute fluffy little lion, tiger or whatever cubs in the newspaper photo. That should bring some visitors in to the zoo, sanctuary, rescue centre or whatever you like to call it. We have all seen them....

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    Taman Safari Indonesia

    3 years ago

    Taman Safari Indonesia is a large commercial zoo located a short distance from Jakarta. It is a popular collection with tremendous potential to make genuine contribution to conservation.

  • 6

    Singapore Zoo Night Safari

    4 years ago

    The Singapore Night Safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. It is located right next door to the Singapore Zoo who own and operate it albeit as a separate entity. The idea of the 40...

  • 11

    An opinion on to pinion or not to pinion

    3 years ago

    Pinioning. With a few species specific exceptions birds were meant to fly. I don’t believe that there is anyone who would argue with that. At the same time though it could be said that they do not have to fly....

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    Mr Moke the Talking Chimpanzee

    3 years ago

    Mr Moke was the stage name of a chimpanzee called 'Moko'. Mr Moke was claimed to be the worlds only talking chimpanzee and he may well have been at the height of his fame. He was definitely not the 'one and only' ever...

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    The Chonburi Buffalo Races

    3 years ago

    Looking for something different on a visit to Thailand. Check out the Chonburi Buffalo Races. Just a short trip out of Pattaya and a definitely memorable event.

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    Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Gardens

    3 years ago

    Craig Busch of the 'Lion Man' TV programme sprang to fame on the back of a number of falsehoods. He lost control of the Zion Wildlife Gardens through a disagreement with his mother. We examine why and where things went...

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    The Filipino Eyebrow Flash

    5 years ago

    In England we have a look which is described as 'Quizzical'. One or two eyebrows are raised in wonderment, questioning or astonishment. The answer to this eyebrow query is verbal and along the lines of "I...

  • 9

    Sex For Sale

    5 years ago

    Sex is everywhere in advertising. Sex in advertising is controversial and attracts comments and complaints... but sex sells. Sex sells cars, chocolate, beer, clothes, condominiums, toilet paper, ice cream, soap powder...

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    Long Stay in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    For some people a holiday in Pattaya in Thailand is not just a week or ten days it is something which stretches into months. There are careers where it is possible to pick where and when you want to work and for...

  • 14

    Vientiane Zoo

    5 years ago

    The Vientiane Zoo is the only 'official' zoo in Laos. There are captive animals on display in other locations I have visited however. Vientiane Zoo is located in beautiful countryside some 65 Km from the city of...

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    Rayong Aquarium

    4 years ago

    The Rayong Aquarium is situated on the Thailand coast just 5 Kilometres outside the city of Rayong and about an hours drive from Pattaya. Rayong and its surrounding villages is an interesting little area with good roads...

  • 4

    Turtle Conservation in Thailand

    3 years ago

    Turtle Conservation started in Thailand way back in 1947 when commercial fishing of turtles was banned. It was probably one of the first countries in the world to offer such protection. Sadly it was not as well...

  • 8

    Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm

    3 years ago

    The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is located a short distance inland from Pattaya City over the Sukhumvit Road. Not immediately accessible by foot it really needs to be visited by private car, taxi...

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    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure

    3 years ago

    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure would surely have to be an exact replica of the territory the animal lived in in the wild. Visitors to the zoo could wait for the animal to appear...and wait...and wait...and wait. The...

  • 6

    Irukandji syndrome

    3 years ago

    Irukandji syndrome is caused by a sting from a tiny box jellyfish, Carukia barnesi. This the Irukandji Jellyfish takes its common name from the aboriginal Irukandji tribe who live along the north Queensland tropical...

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    Komodo Dragon Problems

    3 years ago

    The Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis is the worlds largest lizard. They are capable of growing up to ten feet in length and weighing 150 lbs. With a surprising turn of speed on land and in the water they are a creature...

  • 9

    The Loch Ness Monster and Google Earth

    5 years ago

    Loch Ness is the second largest of the Scottish Lochs and stretches 23 miles long. It is the deepest of all the Scottish lochs and contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together. ...

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    The Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi Thailand

    2 years ago

    The Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, is a front for a cruel commercially exploitative tourism trap. There is no religious reason for its existence.

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    Sri Racha Tiger Zoo

    3 years ago

    Sri Racha Tiger Zoo first opened its gates to the public in April 1997. It is situated about half an hour outside of Pattaya City, just off the road to Bangkok. The 100 acre site is a popular collection because of its...

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    Shark Hunting Aquarium in Pattaya Thailand

    3 years ago

    I discovered the Shark Hunting Aquarium by accident. I was on a trip to 'Chang Siam' to revisit 'Monster World' which had been relocated there from Sukhumvit road. Chang Siam (which means Elephant Thailand) is a...

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    Monster World in Pattaya Thailand

    3 years ago

    Monster World Pattaya is located on a complex at Chang Siam. This is a 200 Baht Motorcycle Taxi ride from central Pattaya. It is easy enough to find being located only a short distance outside of Pattaya, Chonburi,...

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    Pangolins in Peril

    15 months ago

    The Pangolin is on the edge of extinction. Huge numbers of Pangolins are caught each year in Asia and smuggled into China where they command high prices both as a food and a medicine.

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    Money Belts

    5 years ago

    The real Money Belt is a very visible but 'invisible' part of everyday wear. It is not a purse or something that you need to check or open on a daily basis. The Money Belt's main purpose is to to prevent your trousers...

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    Coprolite a parting gift

    5 years ago

    Coprolite is excrement that was dropped a long time ago. Over the passage of time it has become fossilised. Any creature that ever ate has passed faeces of sorts and so there is an awful lot of it out there. It has even...

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    Conservation Zoos

    3 years ago

    There are many zoos today which claim to be playing a part in conservation of species. The word 'conservation' is seemingly most often used by those zoos which insist on breeding the likes of White Tigers or...

  • 5

    Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife Nature Center in Manila in the Philippines

    3 years ago

    The Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife Nature Center is located in Quezon City. Part of metro Manila it is well known and most taxi drivers know the way. Like everywhere in Manila it is reachable by a progression of...

  • 5

    Bangkok Hilton Prison

    3 years ago

    Bang Kwang Central Prison in Bangkok, Thailand is infamously known as the the 'Bangkok Hilton'and reputed by some to be amongst the worst prisons in the world. It is located at the edge of the Chao Phraya River in...

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    Malabon Zoo in Manila in the Philippines

    3 years ago

    Malabon Zoo is a popular private zoo located within Metro Manila. Easily reachable by the Manila metro it makes an interesting alternative to Manila Zoo.

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    Brand's Chicken Essence The Ultimate Pick Me Up And Hangover Cure

    3 years ago

    My formative years took place in Kuwait in the 1950's. Whereas the choice of foods available was exceedingly good there were some which were conspicious by their absence. One of these must have been Brands Essence of...

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    Magic Metal Soap for Effective Odour Removal

    3 years ago

    Metal soap is just as it sounds, a smoothly crafted piece of stainless steel, usually in the shape of a bar of soap. It is used in the same way as normal soap. Turn on the cold water tap and using the metal 'soap'...

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    Safari World in Bangkok Thailand

    5 weeks ago

    Safari World in Bangkok is probably the largest 'zoo' in Thailand. It is a commercial enterprise, is purely exploitative and does nothing for conservation, education or research.

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    Britains Rarest Snake

    12 months ago

    It is a common misconception that Britain's rarest snake is the Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca . This is incorrect. The rarest resident snake to be found within the British Isles is the Aesculapian Snake Elaphe...

  • 0

    White Lion Breeding Is Not Conservation

    3 months ago

    It is false conservation to promote the White Lion as a rare, endangered species. Sadly some are doing just this for financial gain and duping the gullible.

  • 2

    Short Time Hotels

    3 years ago

    The Short Time Hotel is a valuable additional arm of the standard hotel and guesthouse scene. Though quite rare within the West they are widespread within Asia and especially so within 'bar' areas. The main obvious use...

  • 13

    The Thai Oil Massage

    10 months ago

    The Thai Oil Massage is amongst the most popular of massages by visitors to Thailand. Relaxing but at the same time rejuvenating it is an experience not to be missed.

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    Virtual Sex Is Coming

    3 years ago

    Virtual Sex is coming... and if you aren't or you haven't then it is not working for you. Seriously though it is not for me but I recognise that it is different strokes for different folks. Virtual Sex is Sex For Sale. ...

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    Is the Fish Spa a Con or a Cure?

    4 years ago

    Over the past few years cleansing of the skin in a Fish Spa has become a popular and increasingly fashionable treatment. Fish Spas can now be found in beauty parlors, as separate entities or attached to aquariums or...

  • 13

    A Psoriasis Cure You May Rather Not Know About

    3 years ago

    Psoriasis is a nasty red, itchy, non-contagious skin condition. It can occur on any part of the body but more frequently on the head or joints like elbows and knees. At it simplest it is overgrowth of skin cells and...

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    Dusit Zoo in Bangkok Thailand

    3 years ago

    The Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand is known locally to the Thais as Khao Din. This attractive Zoological Garden was first set up by King Rama V in 1938 on 47 acres of what was the Royal Dusit Gardens attached to the...

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    Pata Zoo in Bangkok Thailand

    3 years ago

    In May 2009 I made my 5th visit to the infamous Pata Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. Located on the top two floors of the Pata department store this zoo has taken a huge amount of critical comment over the years. Much of this...

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    Motorcycle Helmets and The Law

    3 years ago

    Motorcycle helmet wearing in Goa India, Bali Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Nigeria. Describes some peculiarities of the law as well as helmet wearing and design and its relation to the law and accidents.

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    The Anti Gravity Atmospheric Pressure Fish Tank

    3 weeks ago

    The gravity tank is an amazing exhibit. Basically it is an ordinary fish tank of any size where the visitor can put their hand in with the fish through the middle of the tank. In spite of the fact that there may be four...

  • 26

    How to Live in Pattaya in Thailand on Five Dollars a Day or Less

    10 months ago

    The idea of living cheaply in Thailand appeals to many. It is not as difficult as it may first appear. Here is wise advice on how you can overcome some of the difficulties.

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    How to live in Pattaya in Thailand on ten dollars a day or less

    3 years ago

    The average visitor to Pattaya may wonder why anyone would want to live in Pattaya, Thailand on less than ten dollars a day. This is because your average visitor is a holidaymaker on a package tour booked into thickly...

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    The Agony of Depression

    3 years ago

    Depression! How I hate that word. You hear it every day "I'm depressed" meaning 'I'm sad' or "I'm very depressed" meaning 'I'm very sad.' Isn't it ""depressing"" that people...

  • 24

    Should I Be Here or Somewhere Else

    7 months ago

    Personal brushes with death which have helped turn me into the person I am.

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    Indian Girls A Reflection On Life

    3 years ago

    After I left Turkey I returned briefly to the UK and then headed to India. I had a six month visa and planned to spend it travelling around. I was lucky enough to get a dirt cheap charter flight leaving the UK on New...

  • 14

    Red Shirts Yellow Shirts and Politics in Thailand

    3 years ago

    Anyone who has an interest in World News will be aware of the ongoing political problems in Thailand. Sometimes described as a developing civil war between rich and poor but in actuality much more complex than that. All...

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    Never Fall In Love With A Bar Girl

    2 months ago

    It is easy to say "Don't fall in love" but much more difficult not too. Thai girls are beautiful, friendly, attentive and loyal but above all devoted to their families.

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    Pattaya Full English Breakfast Review

    10 months ago

    It is said that a good breakfast can set you up for the day. It really can too. Here is an exploration on what is on offer in Pattaya, Thailand.

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    The Beer Goggle Effect

    3 months ago

    Long before I ever knew there actually was a science surrounding the phenomenom of the amount of beer consumed I was aware of the effect. Many a time I entered a bar for a few beers. The girls in there...

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    Ocean Adventure at Subic

    3 years ago

    Ocean Adventure is located at the edge of Subic Bay in the Philippines. Surrounded by pristine jungle which runs down to the golden sandy beaches it is a 'must visit' for anyone on holiday on Luzon island in the...

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    Manila Zoo in the Philippines

    3 years ago

    Manila is a huge city with a population numbering somewhere in the region of 20 Million people. Nearly all of these are familiar with Manila Zoo which, as reputedly the oldest* zoo in Asia, opened its doors in 1959 on a...

  • 9

    Bird Nest Soup

    3 years ago

    Bird Nest Soup is a soup which is produced using the nests of the Cave Swiftlet (Aerodramus/Collocalia species) as a base. The Cave swiftlet does not construct its nest like many birds from twigs and moss but out...

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    The Hidden Buddhist Temple of Ban Thong Lang

    3 years ago

    My first visit to Ban Thong Lang took place on the 11th August 2007. To be honest if I had known how far I was going I would probably have said no. In the end though it turned out just fine. Sometimes it is better just...

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    The Taiping 4

    3 years ago

    The 'Taiping 4' were one male and three female Western Lowland Gorillas (which later came to be named Oyin, Abbey, Izaan and Tinu) who were illegally held in Ibadan Zoo in Nigeria and through some Nigerians in Malaysia...

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    The Night Butterflies of Bali

    10 months ago

    The night butterflies of Bali are the young from the islands and provinces. Far from home and supporting their families as best they can.

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    An Honest Report on Bali Safari and Marine Park

    3 years ago

    Bali Safari and Marine Park is an increasingly popular tourist attraction for visitors to Bali Indonesia. Set in a lush and beautiful location it makes for an interesting day out.

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    An Honest Report on Bali Zoo

    3 years ago

    Bali zoo http://bali-zoo.com is yet another Bali animal collection which prices its gate in US dollars. Here it was $20 or 225,000 Indonesian Rupiah. This is no small amount and I half expected to be ripped off. I...

  • 2

    Why You Really Need To Smile

    2 months ago

    A smile costs not a penny and yet gives so much. A smile is easy and something everyone can give today and make someone else' s day.

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    Chai Nat National Bird Park

    5 years ago

    Twice I had passed through Chai Nat en route to elsewhere in Thailand. Twice I had seen signs for the National Bird Park and twice I had been unable to stop because my colleagues had not been interested. Chai Nat...

  • 0

    The Ranong to Myanmar Visa Run

    3 years ago

    Under present visa regulations in Thailand as from December 2008 visitors coming over a land border must leave the country every fifteen days to avoid falling foul of the law. Thailand borders onto several different...

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    Phuket Zoo in Thailand

    3 years ago

    Phuket Zoo in Thailand is the major aniumal collection on Phuket Island. It is a bad dysfunctional zoo which needs to close.

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    The Best Zoo In The World

    3 years ago

    Everyone has their own opinion as to what is the best zoo in the world, their first choice or favourite zoo. It will depend on what you want out of a visit. A fancy restaurant, to be entertained, your favourite animals,...

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    Zoo Misconceptions

    10 months ago

    Many people are anti-zoo due to misconceived ideas. There are good zoos and their are bad zoos. Here you will find many zoo misconceptions explained truthfully.

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    How To Travel Cheaply in South East Asia

    21 months ago

    Traveling is easy in our modern world but doing it cheaply is a bit more difficult. Follow our advice and you won't make too big a dent in your budget.

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    A True Ghost Story

    4 years ago

    It may seem a strange way to start a ghost story but I should say right from the outset that I do not believe in ghosts. Maybe I am just trying to convince myself. I do however believe that there is much in our curious...

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    Balut, A Taste Worth Acquiring

    3 years ago

    As a kid I was a very fussy eater. I hated fat and would labour away to see that every last shred was removed from any meat. I hated turnips, cabbage, turnips and vinegar. I shunned spaghetti because it resembled worms...

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    How to Get a Job in a Zoo

    2 months ago

    The idea of working in a zoo is very popular and considered by those within the profession to be the best job in the world. This article gives advice on what you need to do to get that job.

  • 2

    Breakfast and Virginity

    2 months ago

    Losing your virginity early in life has been attributed to skipping breakfast.

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    Manila Ocean Park

    5 years ago

    In November 2008 I visited the recently opened Manila Ocean Park. Located very close to Rizal Park and just off the Roxas Boulevard it is easy to find and quite a pleasant walk from Malate, Manila. I was pleasantly...

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    The Wonderful Asian Sniff Kiss

    3 years ago

    Almost undoubtedly the kiss originated from grooming/bonding behaviour and can be seen in its most primitive form by watching other primates. Other animals lick and preen. The kiss today is commonly carried out as a...

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    You Know You Are A ZooKeeper When

    3 years ago

    You Know You Are A Zoo Keeper When something is seen, said or happens which makes you realize that you are a member of a unique profession where what is ordinary to you is extraordinary to outsiders.

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    The Backpacker Guide to Pattaya in Thailand

    3 years ago

    For some very odd reason Pattaya in Thailand does not appear on the Backpacker circuit. They arrive in Bangkok from wherever and head north to Chiang Mai or south to Phuket. They may even pass Pattaya by as they...

  • 2

    Essential Books for Zoo Keepers

    16 months ago

    Good Zoo Keepers need to read to learn. Practical experience is all important but it is not enough. Essential reads are included here.

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    Animal Enrichment versus Routine

    3 months ago

    Most zoos fail to understand the difference between animal enrichment and routine. The difference is important from an animal perspective.

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    The World of the Kathoey and Ladyboy

    3 years ago

    In at least one story of creation there were three children born. There was a boy, a girl and another. The Kathoey should be considered that Third Sex. The Kathoey or Ladyboy occur in all societies under a variety of...

  • 3

    Tawas Powder

    10 months ago

    Tawas Powder is a natural deodorant which really works. If all the others have failed you do give this a try. It is cheap at the price.

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    How much does a Zookeeper earn

    3 years ago

    Before we can approach the subject of financial reward one has to be aware of what a zoo keeper is. A zoo keeper (or zookeeper) is someone employed by a Zoological Park, Aquarium, Bird Park, Safari Park, Seaworld or...

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    White Tiger Breeding is Not Conservation

    3 years ago

    The Tiger is under severe threat through loss of habitat and poaching to supply an illicit trade in animal parts. We are lucky in that there are six Tiger sub-species still surviving. These are the Bengal Tiger...

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    Thai Whiskey

    3 years ago

    Actually the whole subject of Thai Whiskey gets a bit confusing, especially in conversation because there are more than one drink going under the same title. Often someone will have tried one type once, not liked it, or...

  • 3

    The Bar Fine

    3 years ago

    The Bar Fine is the fee paid by bar customers to the bar should they wish to take one of the employees away from their duties. This compensates the bar for the temporary loss of an employee.

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    Lakshmi Healing Goddess

    3 years ago

    Lakshmi the Indian Goddess is not known as a healer but as a goddess of wealth and yet during a visit to a temple a sceptic was cured of a persistent problem in the right hand.

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