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World Wildlife Day

Mar 3, 2019

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Each and every species occupying the Earth have a purpose in the cycle of life. Today is a special day for everyone but especially for the Starz Family. We hope that this first of many celebrations of World Wildlife Day here at Mystic Living Today will impress upon all our readers how dear every single living thing is to us as people and to the world at large. Here from and are the key pieces of today's celebration of Life.

Celebrated annually on March 3rd, World Wildlife Day is a holiday that not only celebrates the diversity of the world’s wild flora and fauna but also raises awareness about the dangers it faces due to human activities. Wildlife today faces many different challenges, which include, but is not limited to, loss of habit, industrialized farming, commercial development and overgrazing. Poaching and the trafficking in animal hides, tusks or fur also poses significant risks to several species including tigers, rhinos, and elephants.

History of World Wildlife Day

While extinction is a natural phenomenon, many scientists estimate that we are losing around 10,000 times the number of animals that are naturally caused by extinction. This means that dozens of species are going extinct every single day. As many as half of all current species may be extinct by the mid-21st century. Animals that have already gone extinct by 2016 was the heath hen, the Caribbean monk seal, the baiji dolphin, the golden toad, the Caspian tiger and the Tasmanian tiger. The most endangered species, as of 2017, are the ivory-billed woodpecker, Javan rhinoceros, western lowland gorilla, the tiger, the Amur leopard, the Chinese giant salamander and the red wolf. And that is only a small sampling of the thousands upon thousands of animals which currently face extinction.

Initially proposed by Thailand at a United Nations General Assembly, World Wildlife Day was established as an international holiday. It was decided that it would be celebrated on March 3rd because that is the day in which the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted.

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

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Last year, 2018, theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 was 'Big Cats'. Using the expanded definition of big cats, the Day raised awareness on the conservation of the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar, as well as the cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard and related species.

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Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. But a range of measures are underway to arrest this decline.

In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, the expanded definition of big cats is being used, which includes not only lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar -- the 4 largest wild cats that can roar - but also cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard, etc. Big cat species are found in Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, representing a virtually global distribution, and representations of big cats, such as for car logos, by sporting clubs and the fashion industry, are used globally.

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This year, 2019, the emphasis for the first time is on marine species: 'Life below water: for people and planet'. The World Wildlife Day 2019 aligns closely with the Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life below water, which focuses on marine species, and will be an opportunity to highlight the critical issues and values of marine wildlife to our everyday lives. The occasion will also celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and to scale up support for future initiatives. A resilient ocean sustains marine life and functioning ecosystems that support rich biodiversity, food security and sustainable livelihoods.

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Our oceans have absorbed most of the planet’s warming—over 90%—and a significant amount of our carbon pollution. Warmer oceans are driving stronger storms and bleaching coral reefs. As oceans absorb carbon dioxide, they become more acidic, threatening most shelled organisms, including small crustaceans fundamental to the marine food chain.

World Wildlife Day Customs & Celebrations

Since World Wildlife Day is a U.N. sanctioned observance day and not a public holiday, then schools, businesses, and government buildings are not closed on this day – if it falls during normal operation hours. However, it is celebrated in a variety of different ways. There are usually all different kinds of seminars and presentations highlighting the plight of the world’s fauna and flora. There is also drives to help raise money for the rangers involved with the protection of endangered animals, so they can buy new equipment. There are also a number of other charity drives to raise money for endangered animals.

How is World Wildlife Day celebrated?

Share your passion for Nature. Symbolically adopt an animal with World Wildlife Fund. Support WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats with a symbolic species adoption.


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