World Wildlife Conservation Day 2023: December 4 is World Wildlife Conservation Day, and we are thrilled to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the planet’s endangered flora and fauna. Which species do you consider to be the most invasive on the planet? Monkeys, indeed? Catfish, indeed! Locusts, then? This is humanity. Due to the avarice of some humans, some of nature’s most magnificent creatures are becoming endangered or even threatened with extinction, resulting in irreparable damage to the wildlife ecosystem.
World Wildlife Conservation Day History
World Wildlife Conservation Day is a day to raise awareness, encourage introspection, and motivate proactive measures regarding concerns that jeopardize the equilibrium of wildlife biodiversity on Earth. Due to the illicit market’s demand for animal products and parts, numerous species of wildlife have been hunted, poached, and slaughtered to the point of extinction.
For centuries, human interference with the natural ecosystem of the planet has persisted. As humans settled and traveled to various regions of the modern world, they began to clear land for agriculture, cut down forests for shipbuilding, and hunt and trap for subsistence. As hunting and poaching of wildlife increased in frequency over time, wildlife populations began to decline on a global scale.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a call to action regarding World Wildlife Conservation Day on November 8, 2012. The purpose of the appeal was to encourage conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts to participate in order to increase awareness. Additionally, she delineated the White House’s approach to tackle the worldwide issue of wildlife trafficking.
Regrettably, the illicit traffic of endangered species continues to escalate within the shadowy realm of commerce. While governments worldwide are making concerted efforts and, to some extent, succeeding in preventing this behavior, certain species continue to be vulnerable to poaching and hunting. This impacts the livelihoods of millions of people who reside in or near forested regions across the globe, in addition to the wildlife. Consequently, now is the time to take action and collaborate in order to safeguard and preserve wildlife for its very survival.
FAQs for World Wildlife Conservation Day
How is a species designated as endangered?
An endangered status is assigned to a species when its population is reduced to fewer than 250 mature individuals and experiences a decline of 50 to 70 percent.
Are extinct species capable of reviving?
In the past, certain natural phenomena and fruitful scientific investigations have reinstated extinct species. This is, however, extremely uncommon.
Which species has recently become extinct?
Unfortunately, this list contains numerous species, such as the northern white rhinoceros, Spix’s macaw, baiji, and many others!
Observing World Wildlife Conservation Day: A Guide
Proclaim the word
Educating those in your vicinity is the most virtuous and magnanimous deed you can undertake into this day. Raising awareness among acquaintances and relatives regarding the critical nature of wildlife conservation is essential.
Make an oath
Accept the wildlife commitment. Participate alongside millions of others in safeguarding the most imperiled species on Earth and denouncing illicit harvesting and other detrimental activities that affect wildlife.
Contribute to the cause
A philanthropic contribution may be directed towards the World Wildlife Fund (W.W.F.). Your entire contribution is used to provide training and equipment for wildlife protectors.
Five incredible wildlife facts that may assert you
Despairingly, the list of endangered species is lengthy.
At present, the red list maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature comprises 41,415 species, of which 16,306 are classified as extremely endangered.
Safeguard the rhinoceros
67 Javan Rhinos remain; they are the most critically endangered species.
We are the villains.
During the past five hundred years, 869 species have become extinct due to human activity.
Asia ranks first on the list.
Indonesia, China, and India are among the nations where mammalian and avian species are most imperiled.
The figures are decreasing.
A startling survey reveals that the size of wildlife populations decreased by 68% from 1970 to 2018.
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