Lions and tigers that have recently gone extinct


Big cats are some of the most vulnerable mammals in the world, with many species facing extinction. This list includes cheetahs, lions, tigers and other felines which live in wild savannas or other parts of the world. In the last few thousands of years, many species went into oblivion due to global warming, habitat loss and the expansion of humans on their territory.

The first one on the list is the American cheetah, which despite its name, was not a cheetah but more closely related to cougars. It had a slim, slender body, and it was an agile hunter. It lived in the grasslands of North America, and it was very fast. But even with all of these attributes, it went extinct almost 12,000 years ago after the last Ice Age, and after humans began to spread all over the world like a disease.

The Bali Tiger was a gorgeous and majestic creature, worthy of fairy tales and myths. It was native to the island of Bali, as the name suggests, and it went extinct just fifty years ago, due to humans and our unsafe lifestyle. For thousands of years it co-existed with the locals, but then Europeans arrived and ruined the whole balance by hunting them for their luxurious coat, and to protect their homes and livestock.

Another big cat that has sadly disappeared from our planet is The Cape Lion or Panthera leo melanochaita. Although its place within the genus is often criticized by some naturalists, it was still a reputable hunter that couldn’t be avoided. It was a common sight in South Africa for hundreds of years, until the late 19th century when it stopped being spotted by cat-watchers.

This next name might confuse some of you, but that doesn’t mean this species didn’t exist. The European Lion comprised of three species, rather than just one. They were larger than the average big feline, as they weighed around 400 pounds with females being larger than males. They were even used for combat in the infamous Roman arenas.

There is another Indonesian tiger that shares the same sad history as its brother, The Bali Tiger. It lived just on the exotic Java Island, which is part of the Indonesian archipelago. Unlike its counterpart, it wasn’t hunted down to extinction, but the loss of its natural territory made the species starve to death, as the human population on the island exploded in the mid 19th century. The last specimens were spotted two decades ago, and there’s still hope that the species might not be completely extinct.

It’s unlikely that we will ever get these big cats to make a comeback, even with the genetic experiments that are very talked about these days. Extinction should be a lesson to us, Homo sapiens, that we have to take care of our environment and to respect the animals’ right to be on the same Earth that we are inhabiting.


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How to pick the perfect RV toilet


Your RV should be packed with everything you need while on the road. This means that one thing that should not be amiss is a toilet. Stopping at gas stations along the road is a possibility, but who wants to do that all the time? Plus, if you are traveling with the entire family in tow, you will learn soon enough that disciplining everyone to use the toilet when you reach gas stations can prove difficult.

Picking the perfect RV toilet should not be difficult. However, if you feel like you are overwhelmed with all the choices available, then it would be good to learn a few pointers. Here are some things I would like to recommend.



Easy to install, easy to clean

If the idea of a portable toilet makes you feel a bit squeamish about the maintenance it entails, fret not. There are models on the market that are designed with the ease of cleaning and maintenance in mind. Pick a model that is advertised as being easy to install.

I would suggest reading what other people have to say about a particular model. An RV toilet should not be that different from a standard toilet, and as close to the latter it is, the better.


Comfortable flushing system

Since I like RV-ing a lot, comfort means a lot to me. That is why I recommend people to focus on the comfort factor when they purchase various things for their RVs. In the case of portable toilets, I want to talk a bit about the flushing system.

Does the toilet you have your eyes set on a lever mechanism, or do you need to push a pedal to flush it? It all comes down to what you consider more comfortable. Don’t forget that you will be stuck with the model you pick at least for the duration of one travel, and that can be long enough for a poorly designed toilet to drive you nuts.


Different types available

Here are some things to learn about the various RV toilets on the market. Models with gravity flush are installed over the waste tank, and they are quite common. If you want to go for the tried and tested, this type is highly recommended.

Those with macerating flush are a bit more advanced. They macerate the waste before letting it go to the waste holding tank. This is a design that enables you to install your toilet away from the waste reservoir.

Another type that allows you to install the toilet in other places than over the tank is the vacuum flush model. A cassette design is compact and can be fitted for good over the waste reservoir. And last, but not least, portable toilets are a thing that can be used since they are cheap and convenient. However, you will have to take care of removing the lower tank and emptying it.




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