藝術團體 &dear 希望透過多類型的作品及活動，分享動物保育的訊息，提升人們對牠們的關注和認識。動物與人們活於同一星球，希望能共存互愛，互相尊重。
&dear hopes to raise public awareness by sharing the message of animal conservation through different media and activities. &dear envisions animals and humans to live in harmony and respect.
we understand it is difficult to care about things you do not know much about; therefore, we would like to take you on a journey to explore more about the animal. we really hope to do something meaningful with our passion and make a difference.
Goldfish are very common pet fish, and are frequently released to the wild by pet owners and became invasive species. Goldfish have great reproduction rate and can grow to several times bigger than normal size in the wild; they became a threat to native species and causing serious damage. Many States in the USA such as Minnesota, Virginia and Washington states are investing great amount of money to remove these invasive species and restore the habitat. wildlife authorities warn pet owners never release their unwanted pet into the wild.
Balloons are released from time to time at different celebrations and events. These balloons will turn into plastic waste and most of them end up on the ocean, polluting the environment. Wildlife especially marine animals and birds would mistake these marine debris as food or entangle to death. Some States in the US already set up legislation to control or ban releasing balloons.
Over 90% of the coral reefs around Taiping Island in the South China Sea are dead in the past two years because of the population explosion of crown-of-thorns starfish. These starfish’s main predator, the giant triton, were heavily captured for ornamental use; without the giant triton, the number of starfish become uncontrollable. human pollution that leads to increasing micro algae may also benefit the reproduction of the starfish.
Harpy eagle is one of the largest raptors on earth that lives in the canopy layer of the Amazon rainforest. Study found they are threatened by deforestation and are not nesting in areas with over 70% forest loss. A breeding pair mainly raise one eaglet at a time, and these eaglets are facing starvation because their food sources like sloths and spider monkeys are disappearing as well.
Spain will ban the hunting of the vulnerable European turtle dove for a year. However, turtle doves can still be hunted when flying over other Western European counties like France, Italy and Portugal. Study found if hunting stopped in Western Europe, the number of turtle doves could increase by 5% each year.
Caterpillars of Monarch butterfly mainly feed on milkweed, but the disappearance of milkweed and climate change have been reducing monarch butterfly population. A 12-year-old girl in Canada started to plant milkweed 3 years ago to help these endangered butterflies; she also distributes milkweed seedlings in her neighbourhood to encourage more people to join her.
around 20 years ago, a man in North Carolina found his Boykin spaniels liked to bring him box turtles as gifts during their hike, and he discovered their special skills could help scientific researches because box turtles are hard to encounter as they are usually hidden in tall grass. He then started to train more spaniels to sniff out box turtles, and travel around the States to track box turtles with different conservationists.
The Royal Parks in London are urging people to stop feeding bread to wild birds like swans and ducks. Human feeding is causing overcrowding and bullying among birds and leads to stress and disease spreading. Bread is not natural food for wild birds and doesn’t provide important vitamins for them; leftover bread also attracts rats and contaminates the water as well.
巴西聖保羅州西部的 Great Pontal Reserve， 原本擁有非常獨特及瀕危的季節性半落葉森林，但1940於年代後期，大量人類遷居開發導致八成森林消失。科學家在研究極危的黑獅面狨時發現牠們受森林破碎所威脅，於是希望想辦法改善情況。他們與當地社區合作，培養樹苗及植樹。經過35年的努力，他們已種植了超過 270 萬棵樹木，覆蓋了 6000 公頃的森林。這復修不但改善了黑獅面狨的棲息環境，住在那𥚃的美洲獅及貘等亦同樣受惠。
The Great Pontal Reserve is located at the west of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. It contains seasonal, semi-deciduous forest which is an unique and endangered type of forest. Human civilization destroyed 80% of the forest in late 1940s. When studying the endangered black lion tamarins, scientists found out that fragmentation of forests was the main threat to these rare monkeys and decided to improve the forest connectivity. They involved the local communities to plant trees starting from seeding nursery. Over the past 35 years, they planted more than 2.7million trees that covers 6000 hectares of forest. The improvements not only helped the endangered tamarins, but also other wildlife inhabit there like pumas and tapirs.
Around 3000 years ago, Tasmanian devils disappeared completely on mainland Australia because of introduced dingoes. 26 Tasmanian devils were reintroduced to a wild sanctuary on mainland, and recently there seven joeys were born and they were the first births there in 3000years!