World Wildlife Day 2016
What is World Wildlife Day?
World Wildlife Day was created to give the world a dedicated day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s animals and plants.
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on the 3rd of March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. This year, the theme of World Wildlife Day is ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands’ and this year’s focus is Asian and African elephants through a subtheme of ‘The future of elephants is in our hands’.
What has been done for World Wildlife Day this year?
As a part of World Wildlife Day, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and CITES have teamed up to organize an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing African and Asian elephants. Keep an eye out on social media today, as winners will be announced and links will be available to the finalist and winning movies.
CITES have also been running a poster competition to find a poster design for World Wildlife Day 2016! There have been lots of great entries from all around the world but the winner will be announced today.
In fact, there are lots of events running all over the world, check out the map to find all the World Wildlife Day events happening in your area.
What can I do?
If you want to get involved and you’re not sure where to start, there is one small thing you can do right now to help raise awareness of this day. All it takes is one click to share a post or an article and thanks to you, many more people know about World Wildlife Day and its purpose.
You could even share your own post with one of World Wildlife Day’s official ‘shout out’ cards and hashtag it with #InOurHands or #WWD16. Use your voice to tell the world how the future of wildlife is in our hands or even explain about the conservation efforts happening where you live. Find out more about how you can get involved this World Wildlife Day!
Remember, we all have a role to play and collectively we can make a difference!