World Wildlife Conservation Day – 4 December

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How Was World Wildlife Conservation Day Initiated?

World Wildlife Conservation Day was initiated back in 2012 when Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, put out a call to action. Wildlife Conservation Day exists as a worldwide day to raise awareness among the general public about the real threats to wildlife, and December 4th was chosen as the official date.

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Moreover, the White House came out with a strategy to combat wildlife trafficking giving enormous efforts that cost around $10 billion annually.

Criminal networks around the world, along with air pollution, deforestation, and excessive use of chemicals are threatening the environment and wildlife more than ever.

Illegal poachers killing the wild animals for their body parts and traffickers of exotic animals sold on the black market are not so far regarding their crimes than the rest of the criminal underground, including weapons and drugs dealers.

The main reason why certain species of animals are endangered is that someone is ready to pay a great deal of money to get an animal or animal part of his desire, and this is where wildlife days such as World Wildlife Conservation Day are needed to raise awareness of these activities and how they can be combatted.

The World Wildlife Fund reminds us of our responsibility during World Wildlife Conservation Day and every day to care for the natural world and work to ensure that every animal lives in a healthy habitat, free from hunger or extinction. That’s why they’re celebrating an extraordinary day on December 4th each year.

On World Wildlife Conservation Day, we should all be giving a little something back to help protect these beautiful animals and their habitats.

What is World Wildlife Conservation Day About?

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World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd every year and is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and conserving the world’s wildlife. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to remind us of the urgent need to protect them.

The theme of World Wildlife Day changes each year to reflect a particular issue or topic related to wildlife conservation. Some of the themes of past World Wildlife Days have included “Sustaining All Life on Earth,” “Big Cats,” and “Listen to the Young Voices.”

On World Wildlife Day, various organizations and individuals around the world organize events and activities to raise awareness and educate people about the threats facing wildlife and the importance of protecting their habitats. These may include educational campaigns, nature walks, wildlife photography contests, and more.

Overall, World Wildlife Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the natural world and to reflect on the urgent need to protect and conserve it for future generations. It reminds us that we all have a responsibility to do our part to safeguard the world’s wildlife and to ensure that it continues to thrive.

Animal And Animal Body Parts Trafficking

If there was no one ready to pay a fortune for things like fur or ivory, which can only be obtained by slaughtering the poor animal, Wildlife Conservation Day wouldn’t exist, and world wildlife conservation won’t be needed.

No one says the poachers aren’t doing most of the harm, but the only reason for the illegal killing is the huge profit behind it.

Even though there are perfectly good alternative products, still poaching is quite widespread.

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Most countries and their governments are standing united when it comes to preserving wildlife. Strict laws forbid hunting and mutilating protected wildlife and devoted rangers and officers are standing on the front lines fighting for the animals.

There have been numerous reports of officials being hurt while on duty by illegal poachers. Many park rangers even end up getting killed.

Besides the animals, the people are also impacted by the declining populations of wildlife. There are many countries in the world where wildlife tourism is really popular and it’s the main source of capital for the local villages and towns.

Sadly, these countries are also one of the poorest and undeveloped where corruption inside the institutions is highly integrated. As bad as the situation gets, losing their precious animals will leave those with no touristic capabilities and this will worsen the well-being and financial state of the people.

What Does a WWF Conservationist Do?

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A conservationist working for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is responsible for protecting and preserving the natural environment and its biodiversity. Their primary goal is to ensure that the world’s ecosystems remain healthy and that endangered species are protected.

Some of the tasks that a WWF conservationist may be involved in include:

  1. Research and monitoring of wildlife populations and ecosystems to identify threats and develop conservation strategies.
  2. Collaborating with local communities, governments, and other organizations to implement conservation programs and initiatives.
  3. Advocating for conservation policies and laws that protect wildlife and their habitats.
  4. Educating the public about the importance of conservation and ways they can help support efforts to protect the environment.
  5. Fundraising and grant writing to support conservation efforts and ensure the long-term sustainability of conservation programs.

WWF conservationists may work in various locations around the world, including remote wilderness areas, national parks, and urban centers. They may also work on issues related to climate change, sustainable development, and environmental policy.

Overall, WWF conservationists play a vital role in protecting the natural world and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the beauty and diversity of our planet’s ecosystems.

The United Nations’ Endangered Species List

The United Nations (UN) maintains a list of endangered species, which is known as the Red List of Threatened Species. This list is compiled and maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is used by governments, conservation organizations, and scientists to guide conservation efforts and policies around the world.

The Red List of Threatened Species categorizes species into different levels of threat, ranging from “least concern” to “critically endangered.” Species that are considered “endangered” are those that are at high risk of extinction in the wild, while “critically endangered” species are those that are facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future.

The list includes species from all over the world, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Some examples of endangered species on the Red List include the giant panda, black rhinoceros, Asian elephant, and mountain gorilla.

The UN’s Endangered Species List serves as an important tool for identifying and prioritizing conservation efforts and raising public awareness about the urgent need to protect the world’s biodiversity. It highlights the importance of preserving and protecting threatened and endangered species for the benefit of both present and future generations.

Call To Action – How YOU Can Get Involved

You can visit the official website of WWCD and learn how to get involved and contribute to the conservation of many precious endangered species, such as rhinos, tigers, and elephants.

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During this day get informed and learn about wildlife, wildlife conservation, and the organized crime behind illegal animal poaching. If you think this is a serious problem, talk to your friends and families and get them involved as well.

Join an online group of people who share the same opinion as you and share information. This is also the right time to learn how to avoid buying products being produced in a way that is hurting wildlife, thus becoming a more responsible consumer.

If you liked this article, read our article on “We’ve destroyed almost 80% of all wildlife” on our blog.

Happy World Wildlife Conservation Day!

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