World Wildlife Day
At VIPs we take our role in the animal world very seriously. Today has been designated World Wildlife Day by the UN. This is a time when we recognise the serious impact that humans have on wildlife and what we can do to lessen or even reverse some of our actions.
The world has lost over half of its wildlife in 40 years. Habit loss, over-exploitation, poaching and illicit trafficking are the main threats.
The UN World Wildlife Day (WWD) is the global celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to both wildlife, people and the plight of many threatened or endangered species.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Listen to the Young Voices’, with a focus on connecting young people around the world to explore what wildlife conservation and protection mean to them and instill a responsibility in them to take action for the future of both wild animals and plants.
World wildlife day 2017 will be celebrated around the world, with the main events at the UN Headquarters in New York. Read More….
However there are more local conservation groups that you can join:
Young people are the decision makers of tomorrow and we want to help educate them on what they can do make a positive impact on the world.
How can I help? There are loads of ways that you can help or encourage your kids to get involved.
Mobilise – Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.
Visit – Aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves. Research holiday destinations and countries that work hard to protect wildlife and habitats.
Consume responsibly– By not purchasing products made from illegally sourced protected wildlife or their parts and products, you can stop wildlife trafficking from being a profitable enterprise. More information can be found through your national or local wildlife authorities or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or Wild fauna and Flora (CITES).
Volunteer – we cannot always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos have volunteer programs. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat.
Stay informed – Learn more about our planet’s flora and fauna, including those that are in danger of extinction. Research ways that you or your community can conserve and protect wildlife. Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.
Speak up – share your knowledge, passion and questions about wildlife conservation with your friends, family and community – either in person or online.
Do one thing today to help protect the worlds wildlife!