On March 3, 2015 the UN celebrates the observance of World Wildlife Day. The commemoration day 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 conservation provides to people.
At the same time, it reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. For example, in South Africa alone, over 1,000 rhinos were poached in 2013.
Wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being. For these reasons, all member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, non-governmental organizations and individuals, are invited to observe and to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife.
Positive action by national governments can go a long way. Indeed, WWF recently reported that Nepal achieved zero poaching of rhinos, elephants and tigers for the year period ending in February 2014. As a result of these measures Nepal’s tiger population has increased by over 60% since 2009.
Help spread awareness of this observance day through your contacts on social media:
- On Twitter use the hashtags #WorldWildlifeDay and #seriousaboutwildlifecrime;
- Like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WorldWildlifeDay.
For more information about what WWF is doing to help protect wildlife please click here.