World Wildlife Day is now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife and is celebrated annually on March 3.
PURPOSE – To celebrate and recognise the incalculable value of wildlife.
World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora and was created by The General Assembly of the United Nations in order to reaffirm the natural value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being.
It seeks to raise awareness of wildlife in the lives of the world’s population and to ensure that international trade does not threaten the survival of species, especially those that have been classed as endangered.
World Wildlife Day also helps to raise awareness of the extraordinary diversity of wildlife and marine life that exists today and to educate people on how we can help conserve the planet too.
Billions of people, in developed and developing nations, benefit daily from the use of wild species for food, energy, materials, medicine, recreation, inspiration and many other vital contributions to human well-being.
The accelerating global biodiversity crisis, with a million species of plants and animals facing extinction, threatens these contributions to people.
World Wildlife Day (WWD) is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. Given these various negative effects, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 focuses on halting biodiversity loss.
Use the hashtags #WorldWildlifeDay
Find out more about the day here
GET INVOLVED by sharing knowledge and spreading the word, especially to children and youth. They are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and they deserve a future where we humans live in harmony with wildlife that share the planet with us.
Share details of endangered species and habitats on different scales – locally, nationally and globally – as well as ways that people can get involved but most of all remember to celebrate the critical importance of wildlife to the planet.
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