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Endangered Species Turtle Puzzle Animated Short

  • September 4, 2010 5:26 pm

I was shocked to find some animals on my back deck recently putting the Green Sea Turtle/Eastern Cougar puzzle together. I caught them on film and decided to make a little video to share! David Matheson did all the sound effects and music.
Check it out:


  • June 15, 2010 3:32 pm

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

  • June 8, 2010 5:02 pm

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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  • April 22, 2010 12:32 pm

This is a little chipmunk I drew and framed when I lived in New Mexico…thought it was an appropriate image to celebrate Earth Day. Excuse the fuzziness of the image ( reflection of the glass )
Love the planet you’re in! Let’s ensure we have enough habitat for all.
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Anouk’s Ark Launch Party

  • March 22, 2010 5:38 pm

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!!

  • March 14, 2010 6:39 pm

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!

Anouk Bikkers

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Sea World Fiasco, etc…

  • February 26, 2010 12:47 pm

The recent death of a Sea World trainer has me thinking again about the whole ‘animals in captivity’, ‘animals for our entertainment’ …

Haven’t we as humans made incredible leaps in technology in a very short period of time considering the whole history of the world? Look at the movie Avatar. Look at all the beautiful IMAX movies that are out there. This 3D experience could really grow and become something.

This is my vision:

In the not too distant future, there will no longer be a need for zoos or aquariums or live animal- themed parks. All those captive creatures will live out their lives in their natural habitats. Of course there’d be a transition period for those that have lived in captivity…..they’d have to go to sanctuaries or reserves as they might not do so well in the really wild world. While that transition is taking place, the techies and the incredible animators of today will be creating entire virtual worlds… huge theme parks with simulated jungles, oceans, and mountains filled with virtual life!
We would enter these parks, 3D glasses in hand and walk (or swim) amongst the creatures that now we can only view from behind bars or glass tanks. The sounds, the smells, the humid air of a rainforest would all be simulated and we’d feel like we’re really there.

AND….get this ( this is the best part )…NO ANIMALS WOULD HARMED OR ‘TRAINED’ OR CAGED for our pleasure and amusement at all!

What do you think? Is this possible?
Anouk Bikkers

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Polar Bears: Shift in Habitat in the Beaufort Sea Region

  • January 27, 2010 7:50 pm

I just came across a posting from e! Science News that I felt was worth noting. There are so many articles out there about climate change, shrinking ice in the polar regions, polar bears as poster children for endangered species and global warming…
It seems clear to me after reading this article that refers to a long term study ( 27 years ) by U.S. government Minerals Management Services in the Beaufort Sea area that there is a definite change in polar bear habitat. With this change comes an increase in human – polar bear contact. Shrinking ice ( polar bears preferred habitat ) means increased sightings of bears in water and on land and near people. This is definitely NOT good news for polar bears!
Please read this article and search more on the subject if this interests/concerns you at all. It sure concerns me. Polar bear – human contact to me equals more polar bears being killed…

© Anouk Bikkers 2010

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  • December 31, 2009 3:28 pm

I want to share one of my favourite moments from this gorgeous nature website called Earth-Touch. They travel the world gathering intimate footage of all kinds of wildlife. Why not start the new year watching a mother orangutan play with her baby girl! Click the link below, sit back and enjoy…
Orangutan Mother With Baby

Ayu ( Indonesian for beautiful ) the Sumatran Orangutan

© anouk bikkers 2010

Happy Holidays!!!

  • December 8, 2009 5:36 pm

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