The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Turkish: Anadolu çoban köpeği) is a breed of dog which originated in the Anatolia region of central Turkey. It is rugged, large and very strong, with good sight and hearing that allow it to protect livestock. With its high speed and agility it is able to run down a predator with great efficiency. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom classifies it as a shepherd dog and Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies it as molossus/mountain dog #331 (group 2 part 2.2)
Appearance The Anatolian Shepherd dog is a muscular breed. They have thick necks, broad heads, and sturdy bodies. Their lips are tight to their muzzle and they have triangular drop ears. Males stand 660 to 790 mm (26 to 31 inches) tall, females between 680 and 760 mm (27 to 30 inches). They weigh between 40 and 70 kg (90 and 150 pounds), with females on the smaller side and males on the larger side. The coat may be any colour, although most common are white cream, “sesame,” and white with large coloured spots …
The Karabaş (Blackhead) is descended from ancient livestock guardian dog types that migrated with the transhumance, guarding flocks of sheep from wolves and cheetahs. It is probable that dogs of this type existed 6,000 years ago in what is now Turkey. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are members of a very old breed, probably descended from powerful hunting dogs from Mesopotamia. This mountain dog breed was developed over time to meet a specific set of circumstances. The most formative were climate (very hot, dry summers and very cold winters), lifestyle (sedentary, semi-nomadic and nomadic) and duties (guar…
There appears to be only one health survey of Anatolian Shepherds, done in 2004 by the UK Kennel Club. The median life span for the 23 deceased dogs (a small sample size) in the survey was 10.75 years. This is 3–4 years longer than other breeds of their size, which have median longevities of 6–8 years. The leading causes of death of the dogs in the survey were cancer (22%), “combinations” (17%), cardiac (13%), and old age (13%).
Anatolian Shepherd dogs are used by Dr. Laurie Marker and the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia in their ongoing efforts to prevent livestock-hunting cheetahs being killed by farmers.
These dogs are bred and then given to the farmers to use in protecting and guarding their livestock from cheetah attacks. The dogs are an effective, non-lethal discouragement that prevents the cheetahs from taking livestock. The incentive for farmers to preemptively shoot the cheetahs is thus removed, and the cheetahs then concentrate their hunting on wild game.
Kangal Dog and Anatolian Shepherd
The UK Kennel Club has announced it is to recognise the Kangal Dog as a breed with effect from July 2013. It also stated that dogs currently registered as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs may be eligible (where appropriate) to be recorded as Turkish Kangal Dogs instead.
As of 1 January 2012, the Australian National Kennel Council no longer recognises the ANKC Kangal as being a separate breed from the ANKC Anatolian Shepherd.
Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia
French Polynesia is a sort of geographic nesting doll of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Bora Bora is one of the Leeward Islands, a part of the larger Society Islands group, which is included in the still larger collection of islands and reefs that make up French Polynesia. Like Tahiti, Bora Bora thrives on tourism. There are but 11 square miles to this island group, but oh what fantastic square miles they are. And for as many shades of green you can find here on land, there may be more shades of blue in the reef-sheltered lagoons surrounding Bora Bora.
Acre for acre one of the most scenic places on Earth, the Isle of Skye has no shortage of stop-in-your-tracks views. Throughout time, landslips have turned this island in the Scottish Hebrides into a place rich with surreal rock formations, sharp cliffs, and massive peninsulas. Here, we’re perched on the slopes of The Storr, a cliff rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation. Just beneath us is its most renowned citizen, a group of jutting, flinty rocks known as the Old Man of Storr. The otherworldly beauty of The Storr is a favorite of painters, photographers, and filmmakers, including director Ridley Scott who used the location to eerie effect in ‘Prometheus‘.
The Hungry Tree is a tree in the grounds of the King’s Inns in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. An otherwise unremarkable specimen of the London Plane, it has become known for having partially encapsulated a nearby park bench. It has become a tourist attraction and is frequently photographed. The Hungry Tree was the subject of a campaign by Green Party politician Ciarán Cuffe to ensure its preservation.
The tree lies just inside the south gate of the grounds of the King’s Inns (the Irish inn of court) on Constitution Hill in Dublin.It is a London Plane (Platanus x hispanica) of the type widely planted in Dublin in the 19th century. It has been estimated to be between 80 and 120 years old. The tree, described as an unremarkable specimen “mediocre in appearance”, is 21 metres (69 ft) in height and 3.47 metres (11.4 ft) in girth.
The tree was planted adjacent to a cast iron bench dating from the early 1800s. Over decades the tree has grown to encompass the bench. The tree is said to be “eating” the bench, which is how its name originated. The grounds of King’s Inns are open to the public between 7 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. every day and the tree has become something of a tourist attraction. It is much photographed and has appeared on the cover of the tourist guidebook Secret Dublin – an unusual guide and in artist Robert Ballagh‘s 1981 book Dublin.
+ ANTENNA’S EUROPEAN JOURNEY TO JOIN SOLAR ORBITER
On any spacecraft, the antennas are key pieces of hardware, being the all-important links with Earth. After several years of development, the main communications dish on ESA’s Solar Orbiter is now ready to be integrated with the pioneering spacecraft.
When it comes to natural wonders in Vietnam, you have to talk about Ha Long Bay. There’s no other place like it in the world, which is why hordes of tourists visit every year. But Vietnam has so much more to offer nature lovers, so let’s take a look at the mountains, rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls, caves and spectacular beaches you should also check out.
Hang Sơn Đoòng
Tours into the cave—the world’s biggest, by volume—aren’t cheap. The descent is tricky as well, so only experienced guides are allowed to take tourists inside. You also have to climb over the The Great Wall of Vietnam. This isn’t an excursion for a casual hiker, but it’s an experience to remember.
These lesser-known islands lie off the southern coast of Vietnam. In days long gone, political prisoners and other undesirables were sent here to be tortured for information. Nowadays, however, there are prime scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, plus you can check out some local wildlife such as the Crab-Eating Macaque and the Black Giant Squirrel. Sea turtles breed on these islands as well, and you can arrange with local park rangers to watch newly hatched babies as they start their harrowing adventures.
In this far northern province of Vietnam, craggy karst mountains rise from green valleys, and fertile flatlands are mostly a patchwork of cultivated fields. A full 80 percent of the province’s economy is agriculture-based, and we see evidence of that from our overhead view of the Bắc Sơn valley. If you’re visiting a bit closer to terra firma, you won’t get quite this bird’s-eye view, but the high mountains rising above the valley provide visitors with expansive vistas of the spectacular landscape. The scene resembles the better-known and heavily touristed karst mountain regions of the neighboring Chinese province of Guangxi, but Lạng Sơn is still relatively undiscovered.
Lạng Sơn (listen) is a province in far northern Vietnam, bordering Guangxi province in China. Its capital is also called Lạng Sơn, which is a strategically important town at the border with China and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) northeast of Hanoi connected by rail and road. Lạng Sơn Province is bounded by China in the north, Cao Bằng Province borders the northwest, Ha Bac Province to the south, Quảng Ninh Province starting on the south and extending to the eastern border and Thái Nguyên Province to the west. The province covers an area of 8,327.6 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 759,000.
Ancient history of the province is linked to the Bronze Age when the trade route that existed between China and India that passed from the Red River Delta through Nanning to Guangzhou. The province was one of the 13 original provinces in northern Vietnam created under the reign of Emperor Minh Mạng in 1831.