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.
Our ocean is heavily polluted by plastic, and these plastic is eaten by marine creatures. Study found among all seafood human consumes, mollusks like mussels, scallops and oysters contain the highest level of microplastics, followed by crustaceans like crabs, shrimps and lobsters, as well as fish.
Sunda laughingthrush was once a common bird in Indonesia; it becomes popular to songbird collectors because of its loud and unique calls. as its population declines and becomes harder to catch in the the wild, the price of them has a significant increase. The government tried to control the harvest quota fo these birds, but the number of them found for sale in the market is a few times more than that number. Sunda laughingthrush is an important seed disperser in the primary forest, and without them the ecosystem will be destabilized.
tourism supports more than 300,000 jobs in Madagascar. During the pandemic lockdown, the locals forced to move to rural areas to clear forests, where wildlife inhabits, to grow food and for firewoods. They are also hunting more wildlife, such as the critically endangered red ruffed lemur, for food or to sell in local markets then before.
in Utah, USA, a 330-foot- long bridge was built just for wildlife two years ago to reduce the number of wildlife and car collisions on one of the major highways. Surveillance cameras have caught different wildlife crossing the bridge including moose, bears, elks, bobcats, coyotes, etc.. The result is encouraging as the animals got used to the bridge quicker than expected, and the number of accidents went down dramatically.
Only 40% of world’s forests still have high ecological integrity without human damage. these forests mostly located in the Amazon, New Guniea, Canada, Russian and Central Africa, but only 27% of these forests are under national protection.
The water levels of Lake Baringo in Kenya has been rising in recent years. It has been particularly high with an estimated 6 inches rise each day in 2020. There were eight endangered Rothschild’s giraffes living on an island in the lake. To save these giraffes from the disappearing island, conservationists are moving them one by one to a sanctuary on the mainland with a special-designed barge. They have successfully moved two of them now, and planning to move the rest of them in the coming months. due to rapidly changing climate with heavy rains, droughts and increasing human activities in the watershed catchment areas, several lakes in Kenya have been flooded.
A trained detection dog helped to discover a suitcase with five rhino horns, 127 lion claws and 36 lion teeth at the Mozambique airport. These illegal products were hidden among chocolates, cookies and clothes, which aimed to confuse detection dogs. The trafficker was arrested for attempting to smuggle these wildlife products.
The Pantanal wetlands in South America is experiencing the worst drought since 1970. It is the world’s largest wetland which is more than 42 million acres; over 90% of the ares is pasture. Even with the government’s ban on fires, producers still set fire to clear farm fields, which leads to the worst wildfire in decades. Wetlands help absorbing carbon and plays a key role in carbon cycle. however, 64% of world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900, and mainly due to agriculture and animal husbandry.
Kentish plovers nest on beaches across Southern Europe, but they will abandon their nests if they get disturbed or threatened too often. Researchers in Spain found out over 90% of the time passing dogs will scare the plovers away from their nests, but they seems to be undisturbed by motorbikes, helicopters or planes. Researchers suggested to ban dogs from entering these beaches during the plovers’ breeding seasons in order to reduce disturbance to their reproduction.
本月初斯里蘭卡西面海岸有過百條領航鯨擱淺，是當地有史以來最大型的野生動物擱淺個案。海軍及當地居民多日來連夜拯救，亦有水上活動中心借出水上摩托車，合力把約120條領航鯨帶離淺水岸邊，回到較深水海域。Over a hundred of pilot whales stranded on Sri Lanka’s western coast earlier this month, and it was the country’s largest mass stranding. the navy and locals joined together to rescue these pilot whales, and a local water sport club even provided their jet skis to help. After recusing day and night for days, they successfully helped around 120 pilot whales back into the ocean.