Bornean Bear Pigs and Animals


Archive for May, 2010

Animals and Bears

The range of animals that are in the world is so diverse most people will never get to see most of the animals in the world. Take for example bears.  We have all heard of giant pandas, grizzly bears and if asked to draw a picture we could probably do them justice. But what about The Florida Cave Bear or Bergman’s bear.  The variety of one species alone is so great that unless you spend your life following bears then it will just be the well-known ones that you remain familiar with.

For some studying a species can be a life’s work for example Bergman’s Bear was  a bear from the ursinae sub family and was given this name because the zoologist that identified and name this variety was called Sten Bergman. The spectacled bear you would think was named this due to face markings but in fact the Andean Bear as it is sometimes known has markings on its chest which some believe to look like spectacles.

For many children the opportunity to see a rabbit in its natural habitat is low, never mind one of our pre-mentioned bears. So how would for example inner city children have the opportunity to see animals up close and find out a little bit more about them? There are of course the zoo and wildlife parks. Some of these locations may offer opportunities to get up close with some animals. For others animal workshops in schools may provide engagement and inspiration to become the next zoologist to name a bear.

Walks with no bears

Walking through Dovedale in the 21st century, one of the most iconic and popular areas of the Peak District National Park, it is difficult to imagine that it was once regarded by visitors such as Daniel Defoe, writing after a visit early in the 18th century, as a wild and frightening place. He referred to the Peak District as a ‘howling wilderness’, but then he used the same words to describe the Lake District, so one could suggest these are the merely the metaphors of a hack journalist attempting to earn a shilling with florid descriptions for his readers in London’s taverns.

Later in the 18th century people like the Reverend William Gilpin, born in mountainous Cumbria but living in bosky Hampshire, made a series of tours around Britain and began to change the perception of the wilder, unvisited places. He gave new meaning to the word ‘picturesque’ and taught us how to evaluate scenery, how to look at it, and how to choose the places worth visiting. Gilpin was followed by people like Byron, who wrote early in the 19th century: ‘Was you ever in Dovedale? I assure you there are things in Derbyshire as noble as in Greece or Switzerland’.

Nowadays up to two million visits each year are made to Dovedale and many take Peak District walks, although the majority of visitors are concentrated at the southern end of the dale. It is still possible to explore many parts of the dale, to appreciate its fine scenic and wildlife qualities, in relative peace and tranquillity. It enjoys a high level of protection from possible economic exploitation or development, for in addition to being part of the Peak District National Park it is designated as a National Nature Reserve, a Natura 2000 site under European legislation and nearly all of it is in the ownership of the National Trust.