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Let's Watch a Movie at Guandu Nature Park on Mother's Day Eve!

* May is the month of exuberant prosperity, with the second Sunday being Mother's Day and May 22 being The International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrating the greatness of mothers and the rarity of life globally. In celebrating Mother’s Day and promoting the importance of biodiversity, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office (TCAPO) joined forces with Wild View Taiwan to host the “Mother's Day and International Biodiversity Exhibition” at Guandu Nature Park on May 11 (Saturday). Five award-winning nature documentaries will be screened, including Disneynature Monkey Kingdom, India's Wandering Lions, Returning Kingfisher, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, and Life Story: First Steps. The registration website for the Mother's Day and International Biodiversity Exhibition is here: https://ppt.cc/fjXuWx. People who sign up before May 9 will be able to enjoy a group ticket concession; everyone is welcome to visit Guandu Nature Park and enjoy the movies.

The TCAPO stated that the films selected are among the best documentaries in recent years; in particular, in Returning Kingfisher we bear witness how canals in the Netherlands – which usually freezes solid – stays thawed and is accidentally transformed into a winter habitat for kingfishers due to the passage of cargo ships. Through the high-speed camera, we are able to catch a glimpse of the busy life of the kingfisher, as well as how the mother bird builds a nest, lays eggs and hatches them. The documentary allows us as humans to appreciate the profound influence of our actions on other species in delicate time and space. The film Life Story: First Steps documents the parental love of various animal species while their young are still in infancy, symbolizing that the greatness of mother transcends species.

According to the TCAPO, the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity has set the theme of this year's International Day for Biological Diversity as “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”, serving as a reminder for people to value the importance of preserving biodiversity in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and thereby laying a sound foundation for our food, food system, and health. In doing so, decent ecosystem services can be rendered to unleash the functions of 4 major categories, namely “provision, support, regulation, and culture”. Each service is absolutely essential, and everyone's care and support are required to create a high-quality living environment.

All citizens are welcome to join the event free of charge. For more information, please browse the TCAPO's official website, “台北饗樂趣” Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/doed.taipei) and the Taipei Animal Shelter (https://zh-tw.facebook.com/tcapo.tas/) Facebook fan page.