Arts and music for endangered animals

Feature story - October 9, 2004
Children and youth from different parts of the country convened at Lumpini Park today to participate in arts, music and games and to air their concerns for the world's most threatened animal species.

Kids for Forests, a worldwide network of youth, hosted the event which featured a jungle with large inflatable animals representing the most threatened species due to habitat destruction and unregulated trade.

The inflatable animals include the African elephant, Siberian tiger, Chielean huemul, Orang-utan, whale, European bear, grey wolf, and Amazon jaguar.

"We have invited friends and other youth to come to the jungle in Bangkok so that they could see the importance of these animals to our lives," said Kids for Forests spokesperson Prathana Husdang, a 17 year-old from Nakhon Sawan. "What will happen to our world if these endangered animals become extinct?"

"People think there are plenty of animals left, but from what I learned many are in danger. We would like to inspire people in Bangkok and other places to help in protecting the animals," said Natalie Fraytag, a 12-year old member of Kids for Forests from Chumporn.

Governments are currently gathered in Bangkok for the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) where they are expected to vote on the future of a number of species. This includes the great white shark and the humphead wrasse, a reef fish endangered by illegal and destructive live fish trade.

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