Whether you’re an animal lover through and through or you simply appreciate their contribution to our eco systems, we’re all aware that the number of beautiful, majestic and often endangered animals are under serious threat due to environmental factors and illegal human activities.
In order to help protect the world’s wildlife population, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day during their 68th session in 2013. The day marks the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) by all UN member states.
Overgrazing, poaching and trafficking continues to pose an immediate threat to animals including elephants, rhinoceros, sharks, tigers and pangolins as well as precious tree species. The truth is, if we do nothing to help protect these valuable species, they will unfortunately cease to exist.
‘The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands’
In 2016 World Wildlife Day aims to highlight the plight of African and Asian elephants under the banner ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands’, with UN member states expected to raise further awareness of animals facing decline in their area.
Although there have been major leaps forward in the awareness of endangerment when it comes to wild animals throughout the world, World Wildlife Day aims to increase the level of awareness and information that is readily available in an effort to eradicate population decline of endangered species.
The World Wildlife Day website lists 20 different ways you can get involved and help the future of some of the world’s greatest animals. From raising awareness on social media and hosting a photo exhibition to visiting a zoo and supporting conservation campaigns, there’s lots to get involved with!
Don’t forget, you can spread the word about World Wildlife Day with all your international friends and family through Cherry Call!