World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is being observed on March 3 every year to raise awareness of endangered animals and plants, and ways to fight against wildlife crime. 

Wildlife crime is related to illegal buying and selling of animal body parts as well as killing or stealing of animals which are protected by the government laws. Organizations such as World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations are aiming to put an end to these kinds of crimes. So, they are promoting the day for the following reasons:

  • Back a ranger: Donate a money to help rangers who were responsible for the protection of endangered animals. Get the required equipment and training to stop the wildlife crime.
  • Sign pledges urging governments to strengthen their laws to stop wildlife crime.

About a World Wildlife Day

Wildlife trade is one of the most profitable illicit trades in the world, estimated at up to $10 billion annually. Illegal wildlife trade of elephant ivory, rhino horns, and tiger products, is widespread in many countries, particularly in Asia and Africa. It is controlled by dangerous crime syndicates that traffic wildlife like drugs or weapons.

On December 20, 2013, the UN added World Wildlife Day to its calendar as an official event to be celebrated from March 3, 2014, onwards. It declared the day out of concern that wildlife crime had negative economic, environmental and social impacts worldwide.

How people celebrate the World Wildlife Day?

The first thing that always comes to mind when we think about World Wildlife Day is heading out to our local zoo or botanical conservatory and reminding ourselves of the vast variety of life our world offers.

If you have children, this can be one of the best ways to really introduce them to the wonders of the animal and plant kingdom. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, an outdoor excursion with a book of local flora and fauna (That’s plants and animals) can help make that connection come even closer to home.

Another way you can get involved is finding out what this year’s theme is by stopping by finding ways to get involved. There are few things as important as making sure that the world’s biosphere remains healthy, every time we lose a plant or animal, we have no way of knowing if a cure for a disease or some new medical breakthrough was lost with them. World Wildlife Day is your opportunity to do your part in preserving our world.

Wildlife benefits us in many ways, and has since time out of mind. World Wildlife day is a day to remind us of our responsibilities to our world and the lifeforms we share it with.