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Illustrators All Over the World Take Actions to Save Endangered Animals (Source: Agenda 21st century Taiwan)

Industry: Politics & Political Organizations

Катя Молодцова(Katya Molodtsova) from Russia, who understanding the project of the restoring the population of Leopard Cats in Taiwan, drew several paintings of Leopard Cats for Taiwan’s animal protection groups to use for free.

Los Angeles (PRUnderground) September 11th, 2019

Bryan James, a designer from UK, organized an online exhibition of his illustrations of 30 endangered animals in 2015, including Vaquita and Forest Owlet, among other rarely known animals. In 2017, Romania designers Bodea Daniel and Cajvanean Alexandru, French designer Martigny Matthieu, and Macedonia designer Petar Shalamano got together to create a series of icons for endangered animals such as Tyrefox, Pangolin and Kashmir Red Stag, etc.

Good design is the best method to raise awareness of endangered animals because it reminds the public how beautiful these animals are and the messages will be passed on and on. As the images become viral on social media, the goal achieved. The efforts of these artists not only brought the public knowledge about these animals and the crises they face, but also reflection upon the damages causes by humans.

In August 2019, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau commissioned a design studio to paint over a train in JiJi, a small township of rich ecological treasure in Mid-Taiwan, to raise the awareness of the endangered Leopard Cats. When the painting was completed, people found that the images of the animal were Leopards, not Leopard Cats. The design team admitted that they mistook Leopard as Leopard Cat while procuring the drawing from an online image database. Their negligence was loudly criticized.

A local animal rescue group Rolling Baby contacted the author of the Leopard, Катя Молодцова(Katya Molodtsova) from Russia, who, after understanding the project of the restoring the population of Leopard Cats in Taiwan, drew several paintings of Leopard Cats for Taiwan’s animal protection groups to use for free. Катя’s generosity was immediately praised by Taiwanese people, tens of thousands of “like” and thanking comments poured in to her FaceBook page, and the Tourism Bureau decided to put her well-loved drawings to the train, together with the corrected design by the commissioned design team. Furthermore, The Minister of Transportation and Communication Lin Chia-Lung sent her invitation to visit Taiwan.

Leopard Cats are small wild cats native in Asia. In Taiwan, the population of Leopard Cats declined drastically because of invasive urbanization. It is estimated there are only around 300 to 500 Leopard Cats surviving in Taiwan now.

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