In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared that March 3 would be recognized as World Wildlife Day. It’s a day to celebrate the world’s many wonderful species, as well as a day to remind the world that so many of these species face an uncertain future. The theme this year is “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” This is a clear message that highlights the link between humans and wildlife; we need to take action to help stop the extinction and endangerment of so many animal species.
The biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss and poaching. Transnational organized crime groups pose an immediate and serious threat to many of the world’s iconic species. Today the United Nations announced plans for a Global Coalition campaign to help end the illegal wildlife trade. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “Time is running out to save some of the world’s most iconic species. Much more needs to be done by key actors on all continents and across sectors to combat poaching and address both the demand and supply of illegal wildlife products.”
What can you do to help celebrate World Wildlife Day? Take to social media and spread awareness about what today means!