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ABC’s! Working on a new Project…

Hey there! Life throws some wonderful changes sometimes. It’s been a very busy year that has taken me temporarily astray from my Anouk’s Ark focus. The shift occurred when I got engaged to a wonderful man who happened to come fully equipped with THREE kids (all under the age of 10!) and a dog named Sam. I brought my dog, Kobu and my hamster, Simon to the mix so I’d say my fiancé got off pretty easy! 😉
So, now engaged, living in our new house, renovations galore, taking care of instant family 50% of the time and trying to get back into my art…phew! Having kids around has given me some new creative outlets. The four year old got me thinking about how I could help her with learning her letters…which has lead to my new series of alphabet drawings! Here are the first 3 letters of our alphabet…more to follow…please keep in touch!


I want to take a moment to spread the word about a very worthwhile organization Create Rainforest – Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) that is working tirelessly to help the Orangutans and other endangered species in the Borneo rainforest by building and maintaining what’s left of this vital ecosystem.
Below I have copied an excerpt from the Facebook page of Marianne Rosendal Joss Andersen from Copenhagen, Denmark. Marianne is hands on, in the field, making a difference!
Please read about her organization, join them on facebook, donate what you can. Situations like what is happening in Borneo affect all of us and we’d be very short sighted to think otherwise.

Note: above photos and quoted excerpt below were taken from the Facebook page of Marianne Rosendal Joss Andersen
“Help BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL to protect the rainforest, the orangutans and to STOP the DEFORESTATION. The rate of loss of orangutans has NEVER been greater than in the last three years, and oil-palm plantations are mostly to blame. We are facing a silent MASSACRE, taking place far from where people can see what is going on. We need international co-operation NOW to address this crisis.


By means of a unique reforestation concept BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL is creating a sanctuary for orangutans, sunbears and other endangered species on Borneo- maybe the last one.

Deforestation is taking place in Borneo at an ever accelerating pace. The main reason for such excessive deforestation are palm oil plantations that have now replaced many ancient forest areas.
Forests are not only important because of different species that use them as their habitats, but also because of CO2 absorption which is vital in fight against global warming.

Orangutans are not only our closest relatives in the animal kingdom; they are also indispensable for the biological diversity of the rainforest due to their role of seed distributors. They are the so called umbrella species. The protection of these fascinating great apes serves at the same time to preserve the rainforest´s eco system.

During the last decades the once species-rich rainforest of SAMBOJA LESTARI was cleared and burnt down relentlessly. Nutrient-consuming elephant grass took over completely. What remained was an ecological waste land. Nowadays it is already visible that this doesn´t have to stay- since 2001 BOS is creating NEW RAINFOREST. AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT OF REFORESTATION AND PROTECTION IS CHANGING THIS AREA INTO A NATURAL HABITAT AGAIN.”

We Animals: Photography of Jo-Anne McArthur

I attended a vegetarian/vegan event this past Sunday called Compassion Marketplace at the Wychwood Barns Artscape event space. There were vendors with yummy veggie food, books and info about going veg, and promoting kindness and compassion for our fellow animals.
Although I fully support that there be more events like this, I couldn’t help this little voice inside me that kept saying- ‘This is great- but it’s kind of like preaching to the converted.’ I felt like the majority of people were there because they’re already compassionate towards animals, humans and the planet. An event like this one needs exposure in an everyday setting, smack dab in the middle of town, maybe at an event completely unrelated so perhaps those not so inclined might stumble upon this wealth of information.
One vendor in particular caught my eye, Jo-Anne McArthur . Her space was filled with powerful photographs of animals and humans. Her work has made a lasting impression on me. I find it hard to get certain images out of my head, (also, I don’t want to dismiss them!). She shoots footage of unbelievable abuse and hardship that is inflicted on animals by humans. She exposes what goes on in factory farms, in research labs, the streets and backyards of our world’s cities, animals being used for our medicine, our entertainment, our greed. It’s not easy to digest, but how can we turn a blind eye to what goes on all around us? Wake up!
She also documents incredible acts of kindness and compassion carried out by humans towards animals. For example, the wonderful work of the those at the Farm Sanctuary.
It’s not all doom and gloom, but for me, a very clear message is being conveyed here: these horrific occurrences cannot continue. I believe it makes the viewer question our very humanity. I hope that looking into the eyes of these sentient beings will affect you in your core. Animals need and deserve our respect and the right to live out their natural lives unharmed by human animals.
Bravo Jo-Anne!

Anouk Bikkers

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Jane Goodall USA interviews Anouk’s Ark!

As if this day couldn’t get any better…it just did! I was treated by my sweetheart to an afternoon of horseback riding out in the country – a MUCH needed little break from the busy-ness of the past few months. The sun is shining, the air crisp and clear, I’m sitting on a beautiful horse, riding through the woods with trees sprouting fresh green leaves and flowers, a majestic red tailed hawk flies overhead …heaven. Then I come home to a package from the Jane Goodall Institute USA (Roots & Shoots) filled with copies of their most recent newsletter! Back in the fall they interviewed me for their “Career Spotlight” section. The publishing was slightly delayed, but it’s never a bad time to get some lovely publicity. And when that publicity comes from an organization whose founder is one of my all time idols and whose work I admire and support, life just doesn’t get any sweeter! 🙂
The newsletter is not yet uploaded to their website, but I have scanned the section for you to see and will attach it to this post: AnoukJGIProfile
Hurray for May 6th!!! Hurray for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots! Hurray for time outs to enjoy the beauty of spring!
Thank you universe.

Anouk Bikkers

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Anouk’s Ark has set sail!

Anouk’s Ark is officially launched! Thank you to all who made it such a success: The Monkey Bunch, The Little Paper, The Tot Squad, New Moon Kitchen, Front Door Organics, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada… A huge thank you to my wonderful friends who helped set up, run the event and take it all down: Angel( and Shea ), Bill, Jackie, Julian, Lyndsy, David, my Mom and Dad. And, thank you to all who came out to party and purchase the Endangered Species Memory Game and the Endangered Species 2 in 1 Puzzles! You have contributed to raising money for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and you’re helping me fulfill my goal to make this world a better place for all species.
Here is a little video I put together from the launch at the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen in downtown Toronto:
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Anouk’s Ark Launch…Don’t Miss The Boat!

Anouk’s Ark sets sail in Toronto, Canada on May 1st ( details of event are below in an earlier posting ). Come on and join us! Jump around, dance and sing with the Monkey Bunch . Dress up as an animal! Win prizes! There will be a raffle! Cookies from New Moon Kitchen ! Front Door Organics will be handing out organic bananas! Buy games and puzzles and raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada . Sponsored by the Little Paper and presented by the Tot Squad!!
All aboard!

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Anouk’s Ark Launch Party

The Little Paper
The Monkey Bunch
Small Print Toronto
Rooster Music
New Moon Kitchen
Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
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Endangered Species Memory Game!!

I went to the manufacturer who is making the game and puzzle pieces on friday afternoon. It was so exciting to see everything in production. I got samples to take home as well copies of the information booklet that’s going in the game. Very soon I will have my games and puzzles. Yippee!
Yep, I’m giddy with excitement. This 2nd version of my Endangered Species Memory Game is ‘greener’ and better made than the first one. Fourteen out of the 36 illustrations are brand new too.
Feeling good!

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