This illustration entitled 'Finding the Balance' depicts the current state of the world as Swee sees it. A world where the balance between modernisation and nature is shifting. Our aspiration to better develop our countries comes with a price to pay in the balance...with demolition of rainforests, pollution of oceans and rivers, the extinction of animals and plants. All for a better world...or is it?
As an artist and designer, Swee is hoping to make a difference with her brush through Pagoda Kingdom by painting the world in hope to save the world...one brush stroke at a time.We can all help save this planet we call home when we all do our part to care...we can restore the balance...one day at a time.
Let's start now.
The sun bear is one of the smallest bears in the world. They are also known as the Honey bear as they have very long tongues at 20 – 25cm which help them extract honey from bee hives. The name Sun Bear comes from the pale horseshoe shape on their chests, which is said to resemble the setting or rising sun. No two markings are the same.
Pagoda Kingdom loves the Sun Bear and wants to help with the Sun Bear plight. They are currently classified as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of threatened species which means that they are at high risk of extinction.
Sun bears face three main threats:
(The below facts comes from the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center (BSBCC).)
Habitat loss - Like many species, deforestation and degradation of habitat has dramatically decreased their numbers. The main causes in Borneo are plantation development, unsustainable or illegal logging and human-caused fires. In Sumatra and Borneo, large-scale conversion of forest to oil palm or other cash crops is proceeding at a rate of 1,000s of km² per year (Holmes 2002).
Commercial hunting - Sun bears are primarily hunted for their gall bladders (for use in Chinese folk medicine) and bear paws (as an expensive delicacy). In China and Vietnam, bile is milked from bears while they are still alive. Bears are routinely restocked as they do not live long. Killing sun bears is illegal in all of their native counties but is largely uncontrolled.
Pet trade - Sun bears are the smallest bear in the world. As such, their cubs are considered incredibly cute and there is a high demand for them as pets. The mother is killed, and the orphaned cub is removed from the wild and commonly kept in small cages with inadequate care.
Follow us on this page #pagodacares to see what we are doing as a brand to help contribute to the Sun Bears through the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center (BSBCC).
For more information on the Sun Bears, you can click on the the below link: