There are so many interesting flowers.
- Proteas are also known as sugarbushes.
- Protea flowers are native to South Africa.
- Proteas are named after the Greek mythology god ‘Proteus’ who can change it’s form, as there are many different looking proteas.
- Proteas were introduced to Europe in the 1700s by keen botanists.
- Proteas are from the family Proteaceae.
- The South African cricket team is named after the protea; calling themselves ‘The Proteas’.
- The protea genus has approximately 100 species, all evergreen, ranging from small shrubs to large trees.
- Proteas flower in autumn, winter and spring and are very popular as cut flowers and are widely used by florists.
- Protea leaves often feel like leather.
- Protea flowers are pink, cream or red in colour.
Plant Profile: Protea 2011, Gardening Australia, <http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1866643.htm>
Game park, forest park, national park.
- Kilimanjaro National Park is located in Tanzania, Africa, near the equator.
- Kilimanjaro National Park contains the famous volcano, Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s largest volcanos which is also the tallest African mountain.
- Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of over 750 square km (290 square miles).
- In 1910, Kilimanjaro National Park was declared a game reserve by the German and in 1921, the park was declared a forest reserve.
- Many animals are found in the vicinity of Kilimanjaro National Park , and the Kilimanjaro tree hyrax (a small nocturnal mammal) and Abott’s duiker (small antelope) are exclusive to the park’s region.
- Part of the setting of the popular children’s film, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”, is of Kilimanjaro National Park.
- Kilimanjaro National Park was opened to the public in 1973 and declared a World Heritage site in 1987.
- Approximately 52,000 people visit Kilimanjaro National Park every year.
- In Kilimanjaro National Park there is the opportunity to view wildlife, hike or bush walk, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and to fish for trout in the park.
- The African Chagga people live in Kilimanjaro National Park.
Kilimanjaro National Park n.d., UNESC, <http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/403>
Ancient Egypt is a dazzling place with 10 dazzling facts!
- Ancient Egypt was established in 3100BC and fell to the Romans in 30BC.
- The Ancient Egyptians invented Hieroglyphs, a symbolic language, around 3100BC.
- The Karnak temple is the largest religious structure, which is still standing inEgypt, in the world. The full structure measures 80ha/200acres/809371m2 and took 500 years to complete.
- The biggest pyramid in the world is the largest pyramid of Giza. It’s base measures 53,000m2.
- The pyramids of Giza contain approximately 2,300,000 stone bricks.
Pyramids in Egypt
- Each stone brick in an Egyptian pyramid weighs about 2.5t/2500Kg.
- The Rosetta stone, a slab of granite found at Rashid (Rosetta), contains the language of the Ancient Egyptians – hieroglyphs, demotic script and Ancient Greek. You can find the stone at the British Museum.
- Ancient Egyptian pharaohs where known as sons of the gods, with royalty and power.
- The Ancient Egyptians mastered ship building around 3000BC.
- Slaves were never used to construct the Ancient Egyptian pyramids.
Ancient Egypt 6 October 2012 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egypt>
Macdonald, F 2003, Ancient Egyptians-an ancient civilisation brought vividly to life, HarperCollins, London