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Subject: Science: Environment

The Web Series (Endangered Animals)

Most Artistic Animated Film Award -Chicago Intl. Children's Film Festival
Excellence in Production Award -ATOM Awards
Environment Education Award -Earth Vision Awards, Tokyo

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Web 3: Rhino & Tiger, Seal, Amazon, Homo sapiens

Web  3: Rhino & Tiger, Seal, Amazon, Homo sapiens

Rhino and Tiger - The Javan rhinos have dramatically disappeared except in the isolated Udjung Kulun Game Reserve on the western tip of Java, Indonesia, where the animals survive quite well due to a quirk of nature. In the 1880s the volcano Krakatoa erupted, leveling the forest, but as the area regenerated, the rhinos that lived there returned, but people did not. Javan and Balinese tigers are now extinct, and today only 700 Sumatran tigers are left in the world. They do breed in captivity, and zoos have established a worldwide captive breeding program to preserve as much genetic diversity as possible. Seal - The theme of this episode is the danger caused to many animals by human greed and carelessness, be it waste and pollution, over consumption or oil spills. One positive aspect of the story is the role of zoos in rescuing injured animals, such as seals. Although not always possible, in many cases zoos are able to return animals to the wild. Amazon - This episode deals with the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. In Brazil, Indian tribes are uniting to save the rain forest, reintroducing native species and selling fruits to other countries. Indigenous peoples may be the key to saving the world's forests, as they struggle to save their cultures and the environment that supports them. Eco tourism and a growing awareness of the value of rain forest species for food and medicine may also help to save the forests. Homo sapiens - Human activities threaten the viability of the whole planet. Global warming, thinning of the ozone layer, acid rain, salination of water and the loss of forests mean that more and more animals will become extinct. Ultimately, human lifestyles - if not their very existence - will also be threatened. This episode draws together the threads of the whole series by showing the intimate historical and cultural links between humans and animals over the centuries, as partners, as prey, and as predators. It suggests the bleakness of life without animals. 05/09DE PIJSCA 22 min.

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