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.
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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’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:
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.
©anouk bikkers 2010
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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.
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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!
I am getting excited! It’s been a long, interesting, educational journey to get my new products realized…but…they ARE getting realized! As I write this the images for the new Endangered Species Memory Game and the new Endangered Species 2 in 1 Puzzle Series are going to print. All made here in Toronto and greener than ever! Yahoo!
I’m in the middle of planning a big spring launch party/fundraiser too. The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada will receive a portion of all sales of the games and puzzles on the day of the launch. The hippest, most outrageously fun kid’s band EVER will be there too – Sho Mo and the Monkey Bunch !
I’ll keep you posted as to how things progress…
Here’s a mock up of what one side of one of the Endangered Species 2 in 1 Puzzle Series puzzles will look like: just click the link below!
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