Nog tot en met 12 oktober te zien op Schiphol, mijn “Bedreigde dieren olifant”. Je kan hem zelfs bestellen! Er is een link naar de artikeltjes die ik schreef over de, op de olifant afgebeelde, bedreigde dieren.
Op Schiphol Plaza en het Jan Dellaertplein zijn diverse beschilderde olifanten waaronder mijn “Bedreigde Dieren Olifant” te zien van 1 tot 30 september 2018. Schiphol Plaza en het Jan Dellaertplein zijn vrij toegankelijk voor publiek.
Dolphin, Mountain gorillas and others.
Mountain gorillas live in the forests of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda but the clearing of the forest has made them homeless. In addition to being hunted for meat, mountain gorillas are also illegally hunted for trophies and live infants. As of September 2016, only an estimated 880 mountain gorillas remain.
The Maui’s dolphins, (less than 100) found in the waters of New Zealand, are faced with threats such as pollution of the environment, climate change, and commercial harvest. The dolphins are on the brink of extinction due to entanglement in fishing gear. The most talked about dolphin harvest occurs in Japan.
And last but not least it is the artist S.P. that is endangered. With declining prospects of making a living by making art (which is looked upon by the society as a hobby), the professional artist finds it hard to thrive. In spite of this they will survive because artists will always try and find their way to reform daily routine.
Gavial, Long-nosed monkey and the Red-throated loon
The Gavial or fish-eating crocodile, the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent. only 235 individuals, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources, and entanglement in fishing nets. The gavial is one of the longest of all living crocodilians, measuring up to 6.25 m (20.5 ft), With 110 sharp, interdigitated teeth in its long, thin snout, it is well adapted to catching fish. Long-nosed monkeys only live on Borneo Island in Southeast Asia and are famous for their big noses. Male noses keep growing and growing. They eat leaves, mangrove shoots and fruit above the trees. Long-nosed monkeys have been rapidly disappearing (only 236 left!). Due to human activity, their kitchen garden the mangrove area, rapidly becomes smaller and smaller.
The Red-throated loon (North America) is a migratory aquatic bird found in the northern hemisphere. It breeds primarily in Arctic regions and winters in northern coastal waters. During the breeding season, it acquires the distinctive reddish throat patch which is the basis for its common name. Its fish diet increases the Red-throated loon‘s vulnerability to persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. The species is protected by international treaties but does this help?
The whooping crane, named for its whooping sound, is one of only two crane species found in North America. It can become 24 years old in the wild. In 1941 there were just 21 wild and two captive whooping cranes left. Now, the total population counts 603 including 161 captive birds. The black bearded saki, “hand-drinker” as they use their hands as ladles for scooping water into their mouths is the most endangered primate in the Amazon. Besides deforestation they are hunted for their bushmeat and their tails used as dusters. Overfishing is the chief threat to the Bluefin tuna. It has declined by at least 85%. Sushi and sashimi (eaten mostly in Japan) are among the most common uses of this fish.
The lynx preys exclusively on the rabbit. Around 1990, it was on the verge of extinction because of sharp declines in rabbit populations, caused by myxomatosis. Conservation measures improved habitat, restocking of rabbits, so that the population increased from 100 to 326 individuals.
Populations of the Black rhino declined dramatically in the 20th century at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Thanks to persistent conservation efforts across Africa, their numbers have doubled from their historic low 20 years ago to 5000 today. However, the black rhino is still considered critically endangered due to the black-market trafficking of rhino horn.
The Hawksbill Turtle lives in the Pacific- the Atlantic- and the Indian Ocean. It has decreased in number due to poaching for its shell, used to make glasses frames, combs, brooches, and guitar picks. Now both import and export of the turtle is prohibited. But there is another problem: the sandy beaches where they lay eggs are dissapearing!
Bats, Orang-utangs and the Black panther.
Bats are among the world’s least appreciated animals. They produce only one young annually! The causes of their disappearance is vandalism, commercialization of caves, insecticide poisoning and the capture for laboratory use. Orang-utans were once distributed widely across Southeast Asia, roaming as far north as southern China, and as far south as the Indonesian island of Javar. But today they only live on Borneo (only 3000 left!) and Sumatra. Their biggest threat is the increasing expansion of palm oil plantations. Black panthers have no greater enemy in nature than human beings. Humans have killed them to protect livestock, for adventure and for their beautiful and precious furs.
Right now around 20 painted endangered animals cover my elephant for the Elephantparade. Why are these species endangered? Because of the destroyed nature, disappearing tropical woods, humans who are defending their stock. Because of the intensive fishing, the plastic soup, the insecticide on the crops. Some of these animals (like the Armour panther) need large territory, which is more and more scarce . The insects (bees) feed themselves on insecticide sprayed on the flowers in order the keep them fresh. Inside the stomachs of whales, turtles, tunas and birds plastic is found; reason for their death. The polar-bear, due to climate change, is not able to hunt for seal so he starves a cruel death. Opponent voices say: “why don’t these animals, like Darwin’s theory “the survival of the fittest”, adept themselves to the new situation? Sounds reasonable but we, humans, will be left behind to turn off the lights!
Give me a couple more elephants to paint the rest of the endangered species … Link