Get Wild About WildLife!

wwd_eLast year in December, during the 68th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd, 2014 as the first ever World Wildlife Day. In honor of the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted; 04/03/1973.

The hope is that marking today World Wildlife Day, will remind us the beauty of our flora and fauna around the world. It will remind us of the intricate and complex relationships between wildlife and populations. Most importantly, it will remind us of the horrible wildlife crime that happens daily.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): “regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals,…ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable.”**
**About CITES

This is a great reminder on just how wonderful and amazing our planet is, and how often, we misuse the natural resources around us.
If you are encouraged to do more to help end poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking, check out World Wildlife Fund.
Their mission is “to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.”

Want to find out more information on World Wildlife Day? Google search for more news articles, but another great way is to use your Twitter Account and search #WorldWildlifeDay for many ideas on how to help give!

On Our First Ever World Wildlife Day, Let’s Put and End to Illegal Wildlife TraffickingHuffPost Green
*Well written, and has some great tips on how you can become more “trafficking and poaching” aware.
“Here in America, the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, the salmon and the American bison are distinct examples of the centrality of wildlife to our folklore, our history and our shared national heritage. These beloved creatures and countless other wildlife species are reason for us to take pause today — and everyday — to appreciate nature’s blessings. Thanks to the concerted efforts of conservationists and lawmakers over the years, and the continuing enforcement of wildlife laws in the United States, we can still celebrate these iconic symbols of America.”

Why We Should Care That March 3rd Is Now World Wildlife DayHuffPost Green
*Great Pictures and good explanation of how CITES works.
“World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world’s wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development. Perhaps the greatest threat to many species is poaching and the illegal trafficking of wildlife parts and products. This crime involves hundreds of threatened and endangered species — from elephants, rhinos, and tigers, to lesser known birds, reptiles, fish, and plants.”

A second year of zero poaching in Nepal World Wildlife Fund News
*A success story, a short read, check it out!
“We’ve been working hard recently to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade around the world so it’s great news that Nepal is celebrating success at a time when tigers, elephants and rhinos are being rampantly poached elsewhere.”

Just looking for cool pictures? Check this one out!
World Wildlife Day 2014: Celebrating The Flora And Fauna We Sometimes Forget About HuffPost Green

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